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Celebrating 10 years of combat against invasive species

Submitted photo Members of the Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area pose with Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Delta, second from right, while celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Pam Roberts

Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area

The Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area recently celebrated its 10th year as a cooperative weed management area.

Special guests included research botanist Paul Hlina, artist/designer Anna Carlson and Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Delta, added engaging activities and discussion to the event. The cooperative is a collective group of state and federal agencies, municipalities, tribes, nonprofits, community organizations and individuals who came together to combat invasive species in Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties in northern Wisconsin. Anyone can participate.

It started as a small group of staff from different agencies in Wisconsin’s Lake Superior region who shared a growing concern about the spread of invasive species in the area. In 2005, they began following the model of cooperative weed management areas in the western United States and formally adopted the name Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area. They have since acquired grants and hired a coordinator, providing years of collaboration, education and management of invasive species.

For more information on the NCWMA, visit The website includes information on the group’s monthly meetings, which are open to all.