Invasive plants and tree species in Monroe County have come under scrutiny this year and are now the target of several conservation organizations housed in the county.

There will be a discussion on Eurasian Honeysuckle and treatment methods at the Tomah Area School District forest’s W.O.L.F. Den Thursday, Dec. 14 at 12:30 p.m. Attendees can participate in the conversation on treatment methods for Eurasian Honeysuckle and post-removal planting.

A Cooperative Invasive Species Working Group is working identify invasive species in Monroe County. The aim is to encourage both control and eradication of invasive species present within the area through education and coordinated outdoor work days. The effort includes the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Land Conservation Department, Monroe County Highway Department, Monroe County Forestry Department, Wisconsin Towns Association, Fort McCoy and several private landowners. They are striving to get Monroe County residents interested and active in helping to stem the spread of invasive species in the county, such as Eurasian Honeysuckle.

Conservationists say the Eurasian Honeysuckle is a major threat to Wisconsin forests. Wisconsin land managers are trying to prevent invasive honeysuckles from spreading to the northern reaches of the state, but the plant is steadily extending its range mainly via seed ingestion and evacuation by birds.

For more information on invasive honeysuckles, visit ipaw.org/TheProblem/IPAWsPlantList.aspx.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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