Certain invasive plants and animals receive greater media and government attention (for good reason). In our part of Wisconsin, the Emerald Ash Borer has been one of these species. Similarly, I recently came across a news clip about giant hogweed as an invasive plant in Michigan. What I did not realize was the danger in even trying to get rid of it:
This plant is also on one of Wisconsin’s lists, which also include some aquatic and wetland plants. Invasive species will vary by location, but the potential negative impacts are similar: native species can be affected. Wisconsin has Administrative Code NR 40, (the invasive species rule) which “makes it illegal to possess, transport, transfer, or introduce certain invasive species in Wisconsin without a permit”. The counterpoint to this is the benefit of researching, planting, and promoting native species. As planting season has arrived/is arriving, take a few minutes and make yourself aware of your region’s invasive and native species. Report any invasives you find. It could save you and your neighbors some trouble. And watch out for the giant hogweed!
Some additional national resources: