Learn to control invasive plants

Plants invading your space? Join the Greenwich Land Trust for an all-day workshop featuring a panel of experts in the field as they discuss new methods and technologies for effective management of invasive plants.

On Thursday, April 4, the Greenwich Land Trust, in partnership with Invasive Plant Control, Inc., will host the workshop at the Town Hall meeting room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop covers a range of topics from early detection of invasive plants to mapping and monitoring strategies to cutting-edge methods for invasive plant control and removal.

Speakers include Logan Senack, invasive plant coordinator for the state of Connecticut; Randy G. Westbrooks, an invasive plant prevention specialist; Chuck Bargeron from the Center of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia; Steven Manning, president of Invasive Plant Control, Inc. and Greenwich Land Trust’s Steve Conaway who manages invasive plant removal on all land trust properties in town.

“In many respects you can equate invasive plants to pollution. They are a form of biological pollution, often released into the environment by people and producing adverse effects on native ecology,” Mr. Conaway said. “Just as we pick up plastic bottles and trash from the side of the road, we need to treat and remove invasive plants in order to preserve the health of the local ecology.”

“The Greenwich Land Trust protects valuable ecological resources and invasive plant control is integral to the health of the local ecosystem that we call home,” said Greenwich Land Trust Executive Director Ginny Gwynn. “Benefits of the collaborative effort between academics and practitioners can already be seen at our Allen and Milbank Preserves where invasive removal has freed native wildflowers to flourish and provided ideal habitat for local wildlife.”

The workshop is free and includes lunch, but registration is required. To view the agenda for the discussion please register online by visiting invasiveplantcontrol.com/greenwich.

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