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Portage County Land and Water Conservation Division is working with Portage County Towns and citizens to identify, locate, map and eradicate several terrestrial invasive weeds before they spread. The current focus is on leafy spurge and wild parsnip, which are two emerging species in the County that are threatening agricultural crop production.

If you see leafy spurge or wild parsnip please report it in one of these ways:

1.  EddMapS is a national invasive plant database and mapping tool.  You will need to create a free account and can then begin mapping your locations with a mobile device or a desktop computer.   

2.  Follow this link to maps of your area.  Print the maps and mark the location of wild parsnip or leafy spurge.  More instructions are available on the linked page.

3.  Contact Portage County Land and Water Conservation staff by telephone (715) 346-1334 or email.  If possible please include a picture of the plant in your email.

Check out the national Wild Parsnip map here.  You can zoom in to see your neighborhood.  Leafy Spurge is also available here.  The maps will fill in as people report locations.

For more information on leafy spurge, click on the following links:

Management of Leafy Spurge (UWEX)Leafy Spurge

Suggested Timing of Control Methods

Mowing Times

Leafy Spurge image gallery (WiDNR)

Identification video (UWEX)

Photo by WI DNR


For more information on wild parsnip, click on the following links:

Wild Parsnip: Basic Information and Identification (UWEX)Wild Parsnip
Management of Wild Parsnip (UWEX)
Suggested Timing of Control Methods
Mowing Times
Wild Parsnip image gallery (WiDNR)
Identification video (UWEX)

Photo by
Elizabeth J. Czarapata


For more information or to report the location of a terrestrial invasive plant, please contact your Town Board or Portage County Land and Water Conservation staff at 715-346-1334.

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