Midcoast Conservancy to hold invasive plant ID workshop

Posted:  Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:30am

Join Midcoast Conservancy for an Invasive Plant Identification workshop on Thursday, May 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Led by Hildy Ellis of the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, participants will learn how to ID terrestrial invasive plants that might be found in the Midcoast region, with a focus on commonly found invasives and on early detection species. ​

The group will go over potential​ reporting methods and management techniques for controlling existing invasive plant populations. Of major concern is the ecological damage invasive plants may cause, as well as economic problems that can be caused when invasive plant populations become widespread. This can include degradation of hayfields and woodlots. A goal of the workshop is to help people get informed and to start addressing the issue within Midcoast Conservancy preserves.

There will be an indoor discussion at the Midcoast Conservancy lake office, located at 38 Lake Farm Circle, Jefferson; and an outdoor portion at Midcoast Conservancy’s Davis Stream Preserve, weather permitting. There will be volunteer opportunities over the summer to assess the extent of invasive plants on Midcoast Conservancy preserves and begin management, but anyone is welcome to participate in the training, whether or not they have an interest in volunteering. For more information, or to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/invasive-plant-id-trail-property-stewards/, or call (207) 389-5150.​