Thursday, September 18, 2014

Invasive Plant Workshop in Montgomery County

Extension to Host Workshop on
How to Fight Invasive Species

     Some exotic plants are invasive weeds that form expanding populations on our landscape, making management of timer, wildlife and other natural resources a challenge.  These invasive exotic plants can displace native plants and associated wildlife, and can affect fire and water flow.  The rapid and effective dispersal characteristics of these invaders make them extremely difficult to eliminate.  

     Because of the challenges invasive species present to our natural spaces, University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 is hosting a prairie stewardship workshop on September 19 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Montgomery County Extension Office in Hillsboro. The workshop will also include on-site field demonstrations at Bremer Sanctuary.

     The program will describe the more common and troublesome invasive exotic plants in central Illinois and current methods being used to control them. The program will include talks on identification of local invasive exotic plants and animals, and methods of control, how herbicides work and how to select the right one, and herbicide safety and application techniques. In the afternoon, the program will conduct on-site field demonstration at Bremer Sanctuary.

     The cost for the program is $10 per participant and includes materials. In order in insure there are adequate materials, those interested in attending are asked to contact the Montgomery County Extension office at 217-532-3941, or they can register for the workshop on-line at:  Once on the site, go to the “Register Online” area at the right hand side and click on the event.

     University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of our programs, please contact our office.

Contact: Terri Miller, Publicist
University of Illinois Extension Unit 18
Phone: 217-532-3941   FAX: 217-532-3944


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