October 02, 2017
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and a Bennington County watershed group are hosting a workshop for landowners on combatting invasive plants on Saturday, October 21. The workshop will start at 9:30 a.m. at a private property at 1703 Main St. in Manchester, Vermont.
The event is co-hosted by the BattenKill Watershed Comprehensive Invasive Species Management Association.
Biologists will highlight how to identify invasive plants in the region and give landowners tips on what to do if these plants are found on their property. They will also discuss the impact that these plants can have on wildlife habitat. The group will begin at the property of a private landowner with invasive plants and then move to a second site that was recently treated for invasive species.
Biologist Travis Hart will present at the event. Hart has previously worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on habitat management on private lands, and now works on the same project for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. He is a native Vermonter who has conducted a wide range of conservation initiatives, from assessing stream geomorphology to monitoring bat maternity colonies.
"Invasive plants can sometimes feel overwhelming, but there are effective ways available to control these species," said Hart. "Controlling invasive plants benefits a landowner, and it also benefits wildlife by giving native plants space to thrive. Native plants are important to many wildlife species for food, cover, and as nesting sites."
The workshop is free and open to the public and will last two to three hours. It will be held on easy walking trails, so participants are asked to wear appropriate footwear for walking in the woods. They are also asked to come dressed in proper attire for the weather, although the workshop will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain.
Media Contacts: Travis Hart, 802-272-0430; John Austin, 802-371-9895
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: October 02, 2017 16:19:51