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.