March 21, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5575 Gordon Avenue
Newaygo, MI 49337
Invasive plants are one of the greatest threats to our natural resources. Millions of dollars are spent each year to mitigate the economic and environmental damages these plants cause. However, most landowners are unaware of the potential problems these plants can cause to their backyards, neighborhoods and public places and how they can work together to eradicate this threat.
The Newaygo Invasive Plant Project (NIPP) invites private landowners, public land managers, camp/ association representatives, government officials and other interested citizens to this free workshop on invasive plants. Our goal is to help provide the tools you need to not only begin to identify and eradicate invasive plants, but to also restore your properties with sustainable native plantings.
Presenters will share their knowledge on such topics as:
- invasive plant identification,
- native plant landscaping and shorescaping,
- permitting and best management practices for invasive plants,
- programs and resources available in Newaygo County (including the NIPP volunteer group), and
- tips and tricks everyone can take advantage of.
Participants will also get a chance to discuss their invasive challenges, share successes and failures, and network with other participants in our special round table discussion session.
Speakers will include:
- Kevin Walters, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, MiDNR
- Vern Stephens, private consultant, Designs by Nature
- Terry Stilson, Program Director, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly
- Pat Ruta-McGhan, Botanist, Manistee National Forest
- Sarah Pregitzer and Randy Butters, Newaygo Invasive Plants Project
For more information contact:
Space is limited so register soon!