Invasive Plant Webinars

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During the National Invasive Species Awareness Week, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry will offer the following webinars on invasive plant ID and management.

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Invasive Plant Ecology and Identification
Thursday, May 21, 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Invasive plants can over-run wildlife habitat, strangle trees, and change soil microbe communities in ways that harm forests and other natural areas. You can help by learning to recognize these plants. Come learn: what is an invasive plant, and why are invasive plants harmful? Where do they come from, and how do they spread? How do I recognize the top invasive plants in Maine?


Invasive Plant Management 
Thursday, May 21, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Perhaps you already know how to recognize invasive plants and why they are harmful. What can we do about invasive plants? This presentation will cover key steps in managing invasive plants such as assessment, prioritization, control, disposal, and monitoring. There are many things you can do to reduce the impacts and spread of invasive plants.

Instructor: Nancy Olmstead is an Invasive Plant Biologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Nancy coordinates the iMapInvasives online mapping program, conducts outreach to raise awareness about invasive plants, documents invasive plant infestations, makes recommendations for invasive plant management, and helps manage invasive plants on state of Maine lands. Nancy received her BA in Biology from Cornell University and her MS in Plant Biology from the University of Vermont.


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