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WI task force has plan to minimize invasive species

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin task force is hoping to implement the first statewide plan for dealing with invasive species, but first, government agencies, business and academic leaders and nonprofit organizations will get the chance to weigh in at a summit in Madison next week.

Brian Kuhn, a member of the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, and the plant industry bureau director with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, says the plan the council has will help minimize the impact of invasive species on the state.

Kuhn says invasive species impact everyone. He says emerald ash borer and gypsy moths kill trees in our communities and forests, zebra mussels clog water intakes for communities and businesses, and garlic mustard and other invasive plants crowd out our native plants and increase the cost of agricultural production.

The council has spent two years developing a broad management plan that calls for increased reporting, establishing monitoring protocols, creating better maps of invasive populations and investing in control methods, according to Kuhn. The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council is appointed by the governor to advise the DNR on invasive species issues. It's made up of 12 members representing state Agencies and public and private interests.

On Thursday, May 23, the council is hosting an implementation summit at the Pyle Center in Madison. Kuhn says the council wants to bring together government agencies, conservation groups, businesses and interested individuals to translate the Strategic Plan into action. He says the council hopes it can develop meaningful actions from the summit it can take to minimize the impact of invasive species on our agriculture, environment, businesses and individuals.

Kuhn joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.

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