An Upcoming One World Event

Third Thursday - Invasive Plant Invaders of Bennington County Walk and Talk
August 17, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday August 17, 2017 OWCC Third Thursday

Invasive Plant Invaders of Bennington County Walk and Talk

 

The One World Conservation Center (OWCC) will be hosting a two-part workshop on Thursday, August 17th from 6pm-8pm for interested residents and landowners on the topic of invasive plant identification and treatment. The indoor portion will begin at 6pm followed by a walk at 6:45 pm on OWCC Greenberg Reserve. You may join all or part of the workshop. This is part of the OWCC’s Third Thursday series.

 

Invasive plants are a big threat to your property, and the greater community and our ecosystem as a whole. Invasive species reduce biodiversity and can impact and alter important co-dependent insect, plant, and animal interactions that we all depend on. Did you know that 42% of all species on the Federal Endangered Species List are listed in part due to invasive species? Some invasive plants such as Japanese Knotweed may actually have a negative impact on our riparian and river habitat and effect our recreation economy (fishing along the Walloomsac and Battenkill).

 

 

At OWCC there are at least nine species of invasive plants that may also be in your backyard – European buckthorn (also called common buckthorn), glossy buckthorn, border privet, Norway maple, Japanese barberry, bush honeysuckles, oriental bittersweet, burning bush, and multiflora rose.  Another plant to be discussed is Japanese Knotweed, which has been prevalent since Hurricane Irene along our riparian and river habitats, as well as roadsides, and yards. We will talk about why this plant is not good for your property, and house foundation, and how you can treat it.

The indoor presentation about invasive plant species common to our area will be led by Silvia Cassano of the Vermont Woodlands Association. The tour of the OWCC Greenberg Reserve will be with Cassano and Jock Irons, an OWCC Board Member and Certified Vermont Tree Farmer.

For more information on invasive plant identification, visit VTInvasives.org.

 

This is free event but we ask that you please register:

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