Regnier Receives Invasive Species Award

Paul Regnier’s magic touch can be found on many things green in Door County. The Baileys Harbor resident has followed an ecological approach to managing natural areas, including a never-ending battle with invasive plant species.

While his efforts have taken him all over the county, he has significantly impacted Marshall’s Point, a privately owned, 1,000-acre peninsula.

The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council (WISC) has noticed Regnier’s efforts and he’s been named one of 13 winners of the 2024 Invasive Species Action Award. The award, which will be presented in June, is given to individuals and groups making a positive impact in the fight against invasive species. 

Regnier specializes in an ecological approach to managing natural areas, minimizing chemical and physical disturbances to native landscapes. An avid birder, nature enthusiast, teacher and historian, he has presented informative programs and guided tours and walks for Marshall’s Point homeowners and their families, friends and guests. He has set up programs and arranged for other resource people to lead field trips, hikes and kayaking trips while establishing relationships with the resource people and their organizations.

This is the 20th annual recognition of the Invasive Species Action Award – previously known as the Invader Crusader Awards. 

The WISC is a group formed by multiple state agencies and private partners as directed by section 23.22 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The governor-appointed council advises the DNR and the state legislature on invasive species issues. The advice includes recommendations on classifying invasives under Wisconsin’s Invasive Species Law (ch. NR40), how organisms in trade affect the introduction and spread of invasives, and studies related to the introduction, control or prevention of invasive species.