MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council is now accepting nominations for the Invader Crusaders Awards through March 29, 2022.

Invader Crusaders are Wisconsin residents and organizations who made significant contributions to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm Wisconsin’s native wildlife and wetlands, forests, prairies, lakes and rivers.

The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, an advisory council to the DNR, presents Invader Crusader Awards for volunteer and professional categories.

A panel of Wisconsin Invasive Species Council members will review the nomination materials and select the award winners. All nominators and winners will be notified by mid-May and award recipients will be recognized in June during Invasive Species Action Month.

Invasive species are non-native plants and animals that cause great ecological, environmental or economic harm, and some can affect human health. Once an invasive species establishes in an area, it can be difficult to control.

Wisconsinites are encouraged to protect native and wildlife from invasive species by avoiding moving invasive species or the materials that might harbor them to new places. To learn more about stopping the spread of invasive species, visit the DNR invasive species webpage.


To nominate an individual or organization, download and complete a nomination form from the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council’s Invader Crusader webpage. Email the completed form to by March 29, 2022.

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