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Forest invasive species

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
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Are you worried about invasive species like buckthorn, emerald ash borer, garlic mustard, and gypsy moth on your property? If so this class is for you. Participants will learn how to identify invasive species of concern in southeast Minnesota. During this class we will also compare management strategies for dealing with these invaders. The class will begin indoors and go outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

While checking out locations for this class, I was impressed with the beauty and diversity of plant species at Como Falls Park. I have driven through Hokah hundreds of times and did not realize what a nice park was hidden there.

Forest Invasive Species will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2010, at the Hokah Fire Department, 9 Mill Street, Hokah, MN‎. The class is open to the public for a fee of $20; pre-registration is appreciated. This class provides credit for the Woodland Advisor program (WA E 13). For directions and to register contact Mary Jane Stearns, mstearns@umn.edu or 507-536-6310. For more information contact Angela Gupta, agupta@umn.edu or 507-280-2869.

This class will be taught by Angela Gupta, forestry educator for the University of Minnesota Extension, and Valiree Green, private forest management forester for the MN Department of Natural Resources.

Southeastern Minnesota's forested landscapes provide home to wildlife, income for landowners, clean water, and a beautiful scenic backdrop. However, the future health of these forests depends on care and wise management. Invasive species management is a key component of many current forest management plans. If you own or spend time in southeastern Minnesota woodlands, you may want to attend one or more woodland management classes scheduled in southeast Minnesota this year. These classes are offered as a broad collaborative including the University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota DNR, Zumbro Valley Woodland Council, and the Minnesota Forestry Association with funding from the Forest Stewardship Grant.

Forest Invasive Species is sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Forestry Association, and the MN Department of Natural Resources with funding from the Forest Stewardship Grant.

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