When: October 22 (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. Several handouts and reference materials will be provided.
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.
Join Us For Our 9th Annual Symposium
Invading Swine, Swans and Worms - Oh My!
This year’s guest speakers will share 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
Bernadette Williams, DNR Plant Pest and Disease Specialist, will share information about crazy worms and a few other animals she is working hard to control.
Dan Hirchert from USDA APHIS Wildlife Services will tell us about efforts to control feral swine and mute swans throughout Wisconsin.
We will also present our 8th Annual Sweat Equity Award during the Symposium, which honors outstanding Southeastern Wisconsin citizens and organizations for their significant contributions to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm our region’s lands, waters, and wetlands. Please consider nominating adults and/or youth with whom you work or those from your community.
Sweat Equity Award nomination forms are accepted through October 15th.
The symposium is free and open to the public.
The 2016 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (UMISC) will be held in scenic La Crosse, Wisconsin on October 17-19, 2016 to exchange information on all invasive aquatic and terrestrial plant, animal, insect and pathogen species.
The goal of UMISC is to strengthen management of invasive species, especially prevention, control, and containment. Invasive species research, prevention, and management has seen great strides but much work still must be done. As the 2016 UMISC theme says, sharing innovative and practical solutions are the key to stopping the spread of invasive species in the Midwest and beyond.
Download the 2016 UMISC flyer.
Visit: http://www.umisc.net/ for more information.