2010-08-12 / Local & State

Invasive Plant Management Field Day Planned For August 28

The Invasive Plant Management Field Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, at 844 Oakleaf Road, McConnellsburg. The program is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes refreshments and handout materials.

Invasions of nonnative plants into our forests continue to go unchecked and unmonitored. Invasive nonnative plants infest forest understories and forest openings. Increasingly these plants begin to reduce forest productivity, hinder forest use and management activities, and degrade diversity and wildlife habitat. Invasive non-native plants occur as trees, shrubs, vines, grass- es, ferns, and forbs. Some have been introduced accidentally, but most have been brought intentionally as ornamentals or livestock forage. These plants arrived without their natural controls (insects and diseases) that tend to keep native plants in balance. Most are able to increase across the landscape with little opposition.

This workshop is designed for natural resource management professionals, vegetation managers, land managers, and forest landowners and will focus on identification, impact and control of the most severe forest invasive plants. As part of the workshop, on July 20, five unique herbicide applications were made to at least nine different plant species. Come and judge how well they worked!

The workshop was developed in cooperation with the Penn State Cooperative Extension, PA Bureau of Forestry, and the Woodland Owners of the Southern Alleghenies. It qualifies for Pennsylvania certified pesticide applicator credits in Core and Categories 5, 6, 14, 18 and 23.

Preregistration for this workshop is required prior to Friday, August 20, 2010. For registration or additional information contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at 717-485-4111 or FultonExt@ psu.edu. Space is limited so register early.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Fulton County Cooperative Extension at 717-485-4111 in advance of your participation of visit.

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