is a broad-based coalition that promotes efficient and effective management of invasive species throughout Kenosha, Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties.
When: September 30, 2017 (Saturday) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Field Station, 3095 Blue Goose Road, Saukville, Wisconsin 53080
Instructor: Dr. James Reinartz, Director, UWM Field Station is a plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist.
About the Course: Many of us work to control invasive plants in the areas we care about. Take this class to ensure that you are using the most appropriate, efficient, up-to-date, and least environmentally damaging methods in those efforts. This is a hands-on class. After an introduction to the general ecology of the five functional groups of invasive plants (Shrubs, Perennial forbs, Clonal Perennials, Grasses, and Annuals/Biennials), we will discuss, demonstrate and practice all applicable control methods (chemical and non-chemical) for these five plant types. Topics will also include: 1) Identification of our common, and relatively new invaders, 2) Planning and strategy for an effective control program, 3) Use of hand tools and herbicide application methods, 4) Herbicide concentrations, mixing, and safety, 5) Restoration strategies for badly infested sites, and 6) Record keeping. Safe chainsaw use for woody species will be demonstrated only. Several handouts and reference materials will be provided.
Workshop fee: $60.00; Register online today! Available for 0.8 CEU. Not offered for college credit.
Useful materials to bring: The class will include lecture and demonstration, but we will also do some work in the field controlling invasive plants; dress appropriately for that work (long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes). Bring a field notebook, work gloves, and safety glasses if you have them. If you have favorite tools that you use for working on invasive species bring them along and we can compare the efficiency of various methods.
Our 9th Annual Education Symposium was a tremendous success. This year’s guest speakers, Bernie Williams and Dan Hirchert, shared information regarding exotic animal species which are invading our region. Early detection, identification and prompt best management techniques will reduce the negative impacts of these unwelcomed critters. Symposium attendees celebrated this year’s Sweat Equity Award Winner, Ken Solis who diligently protects our Milwaukee County Park Natural Areas. Everyone enjoyed local food refreshments and twelve lucky raffle winners returned home with nearly $1,400 in prizes!
Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Education Symposium: November 15, 2016!
In partnership with Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. ™ we hosted another networking opportunity for land managers, nurserymen, arborists, landscape architects and many other professionals. This fourth event featured presentations, panel discussions, plus educational tours and workshops sharing ways the green industry and land managers can work together to provide sustainable pollinator habitat. Speakers for the event included: Liz Meils, Mike Murray, Tim Power and Andy Stahr.
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