Nominations for 20th annual Invader Crusader awards now open

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

WISCONSIN – Nominations for the 20th annual Wisconsin Invasive Species Council Invader Crusaders Awards are now open.

Invader Crusaders are Wisconsin residents and organizations who made significant contributions in 2023 to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm Wisconsin’s native wildlife, wetlands, forests, prairies, lakes and rivers. Nominees can be individuals, groups or organizations who showed exemplary efforts to address issues surrounding terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants and animals.

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

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

Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024.

To nominate an individual or organization, download and complete a nomination form on the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council webpage ( and email the completed form to [email protected].

A panel of judges selected by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council will review the nomination materials and select the award winners. Nominators and winners will be notified by mid-April.

Award recipients will be recognized in June during Invasive Species Action Month.

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