Board makes first revisions to invasive list
DNR proposes changes on dozens more organisms
MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Natural Resources’ board has made the first revisions to Wisconsin’s invasive species list since it was created five years ago.
The state’s invasive species list has contained about 100 organisms. The DNR proposed classifying about 50 more organisms as prohibited, which means people can’t sell, possess or transport them and must destroy them if they discover them on their property. The agency also proposed listing almost 40 other species as restricted, which means people can’t sell or move them but can possess them.
One of the biggest changes called for downgrading the emerald ash borer’s status from prohibited to restricted, an acknowledgment that the tree-devouring insect is now too widespread to eradicate.
The DNR’s board approved the revisions unanimously Wednesday.