Invasive plants workshop June 3

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — What are invasive plants? How did they get here? Why and how do they grow here? What impact do they have on our environment? What can we do about them? Join the Piscatquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  on Wednesday, June 3 to learn about invasive plant ecology, impacts, identification and management with presenter Nancy Olmstead, invasive plant biologist from the Maine Natural Areas Program in the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.


Who should attend: foresters and herbicide applicators interested in offering invasive plant control as part of their business; landowners including farmers and woodlot owners interested in learning what invasive plants might be on their property and what to do about them; and other natural resource professionals. Forestry Continuing Education Credits and Maine Board of Pesticide Control applicator credits available. 


Participants will start their morning at The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft, 5 East Main Street. The morning session of the workshop will include an overview of invasive plant ecology, impacts, and prevention, along with management: how to prioritize, set goals, assess, map and control invasive plants. The afternoon session will be on site at the SeDoMoCha School’s nature trail to identify invasive plants, demonstrate mapping tools, discuss appropriate prioritization strategies and discuss potential control goals and methods. 


There is a small registration fee and space is limited to 10 attendees for this workshop. We are encouraging folks to practice physical distancing and wear face masks if desired. For more information and to register, please contact the PCSWCD by visiting the website, the district Facebook page, calling 207-564-2321 ext. 3, emailing or stopping at the office in the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft.


Workshop sponsored by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. Presented by Nancy Olmstead, Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.


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