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Managing and Mending Invaded Lands
August 3 & 4, 2011 at the National Conservation Training Center
in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Thank you to our sponsors, speakers and attendees for another successful conference!
Invaded landscapes can be daunting to the point of complete hopelessness. It can be nearly impossible to imagine that a degraded forest, wetland, or grassland dominated by invasive plants could ever be returned to a natural habitat. However, because most of us have an irrepressible sense of optimism and are stimulated by a challenge, a tiny germ of hope soon becomes our mission to take action and we are off and running! That's when the full weight of the problem hits us - restoring a highly invaded landscape is a huge, complex and long-term undertaking that can be very costly.
If you find yourself in this position, what can you do? This eighth Mid-Atlantic conference provided attendees with the tools needed to accomplish objectives. Attendees learned how to map the invasive species on your site, develop a site plan, select appropriate control methods, and ultimately, achieve restoration to a site dominated by suitable native plant species.
Welcome & Overview - Peggy Sandretzky, National Park Service Liaison, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center
Jil Swearingen, IPM & Invasive Species
Specialist, National Capitol Region, Center for Urban Ecology, National Park Service
Steve Manning, President, Invasive Plant Control Inc.
Keynote: Applying Wildfire Management Practices to Invasive Plant Infestations - Kim Edvarchuk, Research Associate, Invasive Weed Mapping Program, Utah State University
MAEDN Voyage: Implementing an Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) through the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network - Chuck Bargeron, Technology Director, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia
Mapping and Monitoring Strategies:
Collecting Weed Data in Natural Areas - Kim Edvarchuk, Research Associate, Invasive Weed Mapping Program, Utah State University
Site-appropriate Mapping Methods: Demonstrations of GPS Technologies and Considerations for Planning - Kim Edvarchuk, Research Associate, Invasive Weed Mapping Program, Utah State University and Chuck Bargeron, Technology Director, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia
Wavyleaf Basketgrass: History, Theories on its Spread, and Control - John Peter Thompson, Principal Investigator, Northeast-Midwest Institute
Developing Partnerships to Manage Invasive Species in the Potomac Highlands - Emily Flynn, Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area, The Nature Conservancy, Elkins, WV
Rounding the Bend: Returning an Invaded Forest to a Mostly Native Forest Habitat - Bonnie Harper-Lore, Restoration Ecologist, Consultant
Boots, Backpacks and Bicycles - Only YOU Can Prevent Invasive Weed Spread! Techniques for Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Plants - Jim Olivarez, Northern Regional Program Leader
for Invasive Species, USDA Forest Service (retired)
Herbicide Modes of Action - Richard D. Lee, Ph.D., IPM Specialist, USDI-Bureau
of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver Federal Center
Using Herbicides in Natural Areas: What Am I Allowed to Use Where? - Art Gover, Project Associate, Penn State Wildland Weed Management
Station 1. Herbicide Mixing and Personal Protective Equipment - Frank Archuleta, Team Leader, Exotic Plant Management Team, National Park Service, National Capital Region
Station 2. Backpack Sprayer Calibration - Art Gover, Project Associate, Penn State Wildland
Station 3. Selecting the Appropriate Herbicide Method - Lee Patrick, Vice President, Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
Station 4. Mechanical Methods (chainsaws, brush-cutters, other) - Moderator: Steven Manning, President, Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
Station 5. Control Techniques for Prairie Restoration with Equipment Demonstration on Local Species - Moderator: Steven Manning, President, Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
Special Thanks To:
Bureau of Land Management
Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
National Park Service
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service