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Krista Lutzke

Krista is NAISMA's PlayCleanGo Program Manager. Her natural resources career began with the Wisconsin DNR in the Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau conducting invasive species management and later working as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s Phragmites australis Project Coordinator. Most recently she served as Conservationist with the Door County Soil & Water Conservation Department. She loves to go on road trips with her family, exploring all of our National Parks, camping, hiking, birding, and botanizing.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Outdoor Enthusiast

Dec 16, 2019 5:40:18 PM / by Krista Lutzke


You have this person in your life. You may classify this person in a few ways: unconventional, outdoorsy, adventurous. And this person may seem hard to shop for. They have everything they need, and don’t really like extra “stuff” lying around. So, what do you do?

Here are some gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life that you'll love to give — and they'll love to get.


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How to Spread Holiday Cheer, Not Christmas Tree Pests

Dec 16, 2019 5:25:40 PM / by Krista Lutzke


Trudging through the crunchy snow searching for the perfect Christmas tree is a great memory for many of us, one we look forward to repeating every year.

But for wildlife, newly cut Christmas trees, firewood and greenery can be a source of deadly diseases, pests, and other invasive species.

Fortunately, it’s easy to make sure your Christmas tree traditions and holiday greenery are not contributing to the spread of invasive species. 

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Invasive Species Treatments: How To Work With Right-of-Way Managers

Apr 4, 2019 9:15:00 AM / by Krista Lutzke


Land managers and natural resource groups invest heavily in invasive species control efforts to protect and maintain healthy biodiversity of native flora and fauna. However, obtaining that same level of commitment from right-of-way managers can be a different story. The highway department’s plan is simple - mow before plant material becomes a hazard!

For me, that was the beginning of my struggle! We don’t have the same goal for the resource, let alone speak the same management language. Have you had this same struggle; trying to figure out how you can get commitment from the highway departments to help mitigate such a complicated and cumbersome issue?

Well, here I am to walk you down the road less traveled, sharing techniques that worked for us!

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