STORRS, Conn. -- The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group is having an invasive plant symposium Oct. 25 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. The conference will address the development of practical solutions and methods for invasive plant management and detail the actions needed to promote native species, improve natural areas, and benefit wildlife. All interested people, including municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions), nursery, tree and landscape professionals, educators, students, landscape architects, gardening enthusiasts, state and federal employees, members of conservation organizations, and the general public are invited to attend.
The keynote address, "Twenty-first Century Tools for Tackling Invasive Plants: Identify, Prioritize, Mobilize!" will be given by Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society.
Additional morning presentations will include opening remarks by Commissioner Dan Esty, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and legislative updates. Throughout the day a poster session, invasive plant identification room, and other educational exhibits will be featured.
Pesticide Recertification Credits and a variety of other continuing education credits (CEUs) will be offered (see website).
Registration is $55, or $45 if postmarked before Sept. 21, or $25 for students. Registration includes admission to all sessions and educational displays, parking, lunch, snacks and beverages during breaks, pesticide recertification credits and other CEUs, and an information packet with session summaries.
Full program and registration information, including online registration are available on the
CIPWG website: www.hort.uconn.edu/cipwg