If you have ever wondered how you can help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species, a free Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshop, hosted by the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department, is planned for Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 7:30 p.m. and will be held on the 2nd floor of the Oneida County Courthouse in Committee Room #2 and the County Board Room.
From 4 to 4:45 p.m., preceding the main workshop, Stephanie Boismenue will lead a segment preparing brand new volunteers and those wishing to refresh their skills. She will also provide helpful tips on how to organize an effective volunteer watercraft inspection program. Workshop registration, and a 2014 CBCW Review will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by “What’s New?” focusing on the 2015 Fourth of July Boat Landing Blitz and Draining Campaign. Dave Walz, WDNR Conservation Warden Supervisor, will present “A Law Enforcement Perspective” at 5:50 p.m. followed by Sandy Wickman, WDNR/UWEX, leading a “Hands-on Species Identification” at 6:10 p.m.. Additionally, there will be ample time to take a walk through a poster exhibit which will highlight topics such as Herbicides & Aquatic Invasives in the Northwoods and Yellow Floating Heart, among others. At 6:45 p.m., Rosie Page, Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership (WHIP) Coordinator, will introduce everyone to “Using Tablets and Smartphones to Map Invasives.” Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.
Seating is limited so register soon by contacting the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835, or email Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants can only access the courthouse after hours at one location. Door #12 near the south parking lot (access from Court Park) will be open from 4:40 p.m. to 7 p.m. Follow the signs to the second floor. For more information on the CBCW program, visit http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/cbcw.