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.
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.
For more information on leafy spurge, click on the following links:
Photo by WI DNR
For more information on wild parsnip, click on the following links:
Wild Parsnip: Basic Information and Identification (UWEX)
Management of Wild Parsnip (UWEX)
Suggested Timing of Control Methods
Wild Parsnip image gallery (WiDNR)
Identification video (UWEX)
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.