September 9, 10, 2017, Invasive Plants Workshop: Friend or Foe, Berrien County

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Sept 9, 10, Invasive Plants: Friend or Foe Workshop

Hours: Sept 9: 10 am to 4 pm and Sept 10: 8:30 am to noon

Location: Gaskins Forest Education Center, Alapaha, GA, 3359 Moore Sawmill Rd, Alapaha GA 31622

Directions:  From I-75, Exit 62, take US 82 east for 19 miles to Alapaha. The center is 3.2 miles SE of Alapaha. From the Post Office, head south on GA-129. One block after crossing the old railroad bed, turn east (left) onto Brunswick St/Moore Sawmill Rd.  The Ed Center is 3.2 miles on the left.

Description: Focus will be on identification (Saturday) and control (Sunday) of invasive species while minimizing the impact on native species. Identification will focus on distinguishing native plants from non-native invasive plants that are in the same family or that look alike. For instance, we will compare native and invasive wisteria, honeysuckle, mints, etc. We will look at basic physiology of the plants (e.g. reproductive strategy, seed viability) so we can prioritize which species to target and decide when and how to control them. We will look at site factors and level of infestation to decide on management strategies. We will also look at control methods to select the herbicide and application technique that is appropriate for site, level of infestation and mixture of native and invasive plants. The goal is to get rid of invasives and improve the site for native plants.

Facilities: available at the Ed Center.

Heather has a couple of cabins available with limited number of beds but plenty of floor space. Contact her if you’d like to stay overnight.

Leaders: Heather Brasell, Cell 229-339-3966; Walter Bland and Karan Rawlins

Workshop limit 15: Contact Heather Brasell to register heather.brasell@gmail.com, 229-339-3966.