About Us


Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership is an organization that reaches goals towards invasive species awareness and control by using Civic Governance as a new approach to educate and organize the civic infrastructure needed to produce a basis to govern for the common good and sustain democracy as a just system.  The mission statement of the partnership is to control invasive plants by fostering partner cooperation and community action.

The partnership communicates and cooperates with conservation and environmental organizations whose goal is to do the same.  As various projects arise the organization seeks funding from local, state and federal sources to accomplish such projects.  Our LCIP By Laws 10-29-2015  and 2018 LCIP Governing Document guide us in our activities.  The Partnership is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, membership may be tax deductible. We do not have membership that require monetary donations, but are grateful to any tax deductible donations.

2019 LCIP Organizational Structure

LCIP Executive Director:

Christopher Gaetzke (715)-539-2766

LCIP Directors:

Chase Cummings

Katherine Stahl

Christopher Gaetzke

LCIP Officers:

Chair – Martin Van

Vice Chair – Mary Gale

Treasurer – Katherine Stahl

Secretary – Judy Zimmerman

LCIP Steering Committee:

Martin Van

Richard Damro

Lee Shambeau

Lisa Ludwig

Chase Cummings

Jim Anderson

Ted Ludwig

David Whiteley

AJ Leiden

Judy Zimmerman

Keith Gilland

LCIP Goals:

  • Identify , locate, and catalog aggressive invasive plants throughout West Central Wisconsin
  • Develop a strategic plan that will address prevention, early detection, and rapid response to invasive plant infestations
  • Develop a volunteer base to help cooperating agencies and organizations with surveys and control of invasive plants
  • Offer area citizens education and a point of contact regarding identification and control of invasive plants
  • Develop a communication system among all land management organizations, agencies, and private land owners to coordinate efforts in weed management control and prevention


2018 LCIP Annual Meeting where 25 people participated from 11 different partners!