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INVASIVE PLANTS ASSOCIATION OF WISCONSIN INCORPORATED
December 17, 2010

Invasive species has been ranked just behind global climate change as the second most costly environmental problem in the world. Citizens of Wisconsin have a strong voice in the fight against invasive plants in the Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin.
IPAW has been a stong advocate for the WI DNR invasive species law, NR 40. It sponsors exceptional educational events and seminars and seves as the umbrella organization for cooperative weed management associations around the state.
This organization will be an excellent steward of your donations. IPAW has an active and knowledgable board of directors, which donates a huge amont of time to the cause. It employs one, part-time coordinator, who has a great deal of experience in non-profit organizational development.
I am proud to have been a member and volunteer with IPAW for many years and invite you to get involved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The IPAW newsletter and listserve are two of the most important sources of information I have as an ecological consultant working with landowners in Wisconsin. It provides valuable information about the current issues and upcoming events on interest throughout the Midwest.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see its membership grow and become even more involved in advocating for state funding to support weed control around the state.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Helped me build great relationships with wonderful people across Wisconsin who share my passion for invasive species control.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt like my voice finally made a difference. For years, those working in habitat restoration have been treated as if they did not exist by the DATCP pesticide certification and licensing folks. I got inconsistent advise on which category I should certify under when I was a volunteer. As the owner of a small environmental consulting firm, my practice has been limited by the lack of a natural areas category. As a volunteer with IPAW, my voice is being heard by state regulators and they are finally taking the issue seriously.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Staffed a booth at the Agriculture Technology Days fair several years ago and currently serve on a committee advising WI DATCP on revision of the Pesticide Applicators Certification rule.

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