Invasive Species Program

Pepin County Invasive Species Program (PCISP)
Pepin County Land Conservation Department is taking a stand against harmful invasive plant species.  PCISP will provide assistance to land owners to control or eradicated up to 6 targeted species which include Buckthorn, Garlic Mustard, Honeysuckle, Japanese Knotweed, Spotted Knapweed and Wild Parsnip.   Site reviews will be completed by the staff to determine the size and scope of the infected area.  The staff will develop a management plan to slow and stop the spread of the invasive species.  This program is designed to provide technical and financial assistance for NR 40 compliance.  An incentive of 70% of the total cost (up to $5,000) will be provided once management plan is followed. 

Guidelines Criteria /Fact Sheet

  • Property has to have a threatening area of one of the six main invasive species listed below
  • Ranking will take place if there are more applications received than funds available, so larger infested areas will get priority over small localized areas
  • Size and location of infested areas will be determined and flagged by Conservation Planner/Technician depending on species and likeliness of spreading by rhizomes
  • Application choice will be determined by size and species targeted to control
  • All control methods are suggestions by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Invasive Species Educators, Plant Conservation Alliance’s Alien Plant Working Group, Mississippi State University Extension Service, University-Wisconsin Extension, & Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area
  • Mowing is only allowed on the cool season mixes before May 15th and from July to September 15th
  • Maintenance agreement will be 5 years following effective application
  • County Cost share will fund 70% of the total cost for application(s), up to $5,000
  • Spot reviews will be performed by Conservation Planner/Technician every year to ensure standards are maintained
  • Please read all herbicide product labels or have a certified herbicide applicator perform application
  • Require a Prescribed Burn Plan developed by a NRCS Certified Prescribed Burn Planner for any burns

Benefits of Eradicating Invasive Species

  • Provide native or desired plant species to grow freely, without the competition of invasives
  • Stay in compliance with NR 40
  • Reduce the future escalated spreading of terrestrial invasive species
  • Bring back habitat essential to environmentally sensitive plants and animals
  • Provide project areas that can be used in the future reference and research in controlling the invasive
  • Additional information is available to read at the Land Conservation Department office

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