FLORENCE, Wis. — The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) will hold its annual partner meeting June 7 at the Florence Natural Resource Center in the lower level. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the program portion of the annual meeting which will run from 9 to noon. Attendees can stay for an optional lunch ($5) and the afternoon business portion of the meeting will continue at 1 p.m. for the WRISC Board elections and meeting.

WRISC is a cooperative invasive species partnership that conducts invasive species education, outreach, and management in northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Forest, Florence, Marinette, Dickinson and Menominee counties). While the group operates through grant funding, WRISC Partners include federal, state, and local agencies, departments, and organizations, along with individual members and volunteers across the five county WRISC area.

Free and open to everyone, this event is a chance to learn more about what is being done to manage aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in the area. Presentations from guest speakers this year will highlight replacing invasive ornamental plants with native species and general restoration of native ecosystems — the ultimate goal of any invasive species management program. Also in the spotlight will be the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the threat it poses to trees in the area, with particular risk to maple trees. Other presentations will include new management technologies, AIS and fisheries, WRISC project and organizational updates and more. 

For more information, people may contact Lindsay Peterson at wildriverscwma@gmail.com or 906-774-1550 ext. 102, or visit the website at www.wrisc.org for more details.