Although this event is free to participants we ask that people who wish to attend register in advance.
If space is limited we will give priority to people who have preregistered!
The Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin and Dow AgroSciences have teamed up to hold a classroom training on invasive plant identification and management that includes field visits to demonstration plots. The training will be FREE and held on September 28th from 9-3 pm at Horicon Marsh (N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032) (See left sidebar for directions).
At this training a morning session will review the importance of controlling invasive plants as well as presentations on identification of new invasive plants, the NR40 rule, a review of herbicides use and safety, and how to integrate herbicides into restoration plans. The group will then be bused to Marsh Haven Nature Center (W10145 Hwy 49 East, Waupun, 53963) for a free lunch (sponsored by Dow AgroSciences) where Horicon Marsh expert Bill Volkert will cover a bit of history of Horicon Marsh, mostly in terms of what we know of the ecosystem structure in early settlement days, and then cover some of the problem invasives, particularly in relation to how the marsh has changed from what it was vegetatively. The group will then spend the afternoon visiting various research and demonstration plots. These will highlight the following projects:
The goal of these afternoon field tours is to introduce these topics to attendees as well as allow for questions and discussions with experts who actively work in this area. So bring your questions to pose to experts as we will have a range of experts in attendance including: researchers, land managers, state agency personnel, and industry representatives.
8:30-9:00 Registration, coffee
9:00-9:30 Welcome and introduction to why invasives are important
9:30-10:00 Identification of new invasive plants spreading throughout Wisconsin
10:00-10:15 NR40: What you need to know and how you can help
10:15-10:40 Review of herbicides, how they work and how to use safely
10:40-11:00 How to integrate herbicides into restoration
11:00-11:30 Travel to lunch
11:30-1:00 Lunch with guest speaker: Impact of invasive plants on the Horicon Marsh
1:00-3:30 Field tour
stop 1 Fall timing herbicides on Canada thistle, and herbicide and revegetation experiments
stop 2 Opensight performance on willow and cottonwoods
stop 3 Restoration after establishing wildlife ponds
stop 4 Brush herbicide demonstration
stop 5 FWS brush demonstration 2 years after herbicide treatment