In case you missed it, WHIP held our Annual Meeting at the Woodruff Town Hall this year, on March 21st, with a crowd of 48 partners, colleagues, and members of the public.  We had excellent invasive species presentations from Linda Williams (Wisconsin DNR), Ann Mawicke (Natural Lakes Private Preserve), Michele Sadauskas (Oneida County LWCD), and Carly Lapin (Wisconsin DNR). Thank you to our Partners who stayed to participate in this meeting!  Business meeting highlights include:

  • Our Vice-Chair Justin Bournoville agreed to serve another term in this position! Justin is a Plant Ecologist with the US Forest Service and has played a valuable role on our Steering Committee, particularly with editing grant applications and species-specific management advice.
  • Our partner Conserve School has very generously offered us a recurring annual donation of $2000 towards our WHIP educational activities! We are so grateful and will be putting this support towards continuing our outreach and expanding to more schools and groups. Thank you to Stefan Anderson and Conserve School!
  • Our team with Leadership Oneida County is still working steadily on our professional image and recommendations for engaging Town Officials.  They will be getting us some finished products in May, including a new display board and an additional logo.
  • Our coordinator’s schedule is filling for this field season but we are still accepting requests for site visits, presentations, classroom visits, or other assistance!

As a result of a connection made at the Annual Meeting, WHIP was able to rapidly prepare and submit a new grant proposal to the DNR’s weed management area program before April 1st.  This grant would support continued assistance to private landowners with their invasive species, and also Spotted Knapweed control followed by important restoration and native plantings to benefit pollinators.  Thank you Quita Sheehan and Michele Sadauskas for help with making the connection and contributing to the application!

We are grateful to the members of the media for coverage before and after this event, especially Beckie Gaskill and Ben Meyer who attended.  If others have photos to share we'd love to see them.  In case you missed these, here are a few great links:

Beckie’s article on the Natural Lakes Private Preserve volunteer efforts
Beckie’s editorial on Terrestrial Invasive Species in ourown yards!
WJFW’s coverage of the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine changes
Our Facebook post including photos
Our Up North @4 segment on WJFW Ch. 12

Annual Meeting 2017

This year, WHIP's Annual Meeting will take place in the County Boardroom on the 2nd floor of the Oneida County Courthouse, in Rhinelander.  We will start at 1:00pm with a review of our 2016 activities, then enjoy some refreshments, and then proceed to our Business Meeting at 2:00pm.  All are welcome!

This is the one time of year when all our Partners gather in the same room! Hear about WHIP's accomplishments in 2016 and help plan out our 2017 goals.  A flyer and our detailed agenda are below. We would love to see you and hear from you!  Thanks!