UW-Madison scientists help Chippewa County residents identify invasive species

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BLOOMER (WQOW) – Local residents Thursday got a hand in identifying plants that could pose a threat to their fields and gardens.

Professors and scientists from the University of Wisconsin Madison hosted an invasive species workshop in Chippewa County that showed how to spot, treat and get rid of unwanted types of weeds.

These weeds can potentially steal resources from other plants, harm the environment or physically hurt people.

For example one particularly dangerous weed this year, wild parsnip, creates a sap that can burn skin.

UW-Madison professor Mark Renz said there are plans in place to prevent these plants from returning, but there is still a ways to go.

“While they’re in a lot of places, they’re still not in some places, and so if we draw a line in the sand and develop management plans we prevent them from getting worse, and then slowly every year we can reduce their impact over time,” said Renz.

For those who could not make it out to the event information and resources can be found at the UW Madison website.

Mary Pautsch

Mary Pautsch

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