Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST
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CNP Program Manager 
Wild Ones - Tennessee Valley Chapter 

Exotic Invasive Plants 


This course is an elective course and provides 4 hours toward the completion of the Certificate in Native Plants program.

How did these exotic invasive plants get here from their native habitat, continent, or bioregion? 

 Why are the exotic invasives, for the most part, from Asia and other similar biomes?

Why do they become invasive?  What reproductive advantages do they have that allows their invasion?

Find out why and how these plants are detrimental to native plant communities and what we can do about them.

Participants should come to class prepared to define in their own words the concepts of ecosystem, biodiversity, native species, and invasive species.


Instructor:  Byron Brooks, Invasive Species Specialist 

A graduate of UTC's Environmental Science program, Byron Brooks started his 20-plus-year career in conservation as a Land Stewardship Intern at the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. He also worked as a seasonal preserve management intern for The Nature Conservancy at a preserve on Long Island, NY, and then as an Environmental Tech for the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission. Byron came to Reflection Riding as a volunteer at the annual Weed Wrangle in 2018. Since then, Byron has been responsible for the death of nearly 1,286,722 Celastrus orbiculatus (oriental bittersweet) plants on the property… and that’s a conservative estimate, of course!


Registration Policy:  As with all Certificate in Native Plants classes, class size is limited.  To give everyone the best opportunity to participate, there is a non-refundable cancellation fee of $10, with the balance refunded if you cancel at least 7 calendar days before the class will be held.  If the class is cancelled by the instructor or the CNP program, registrants will get a full refund.  

The Zoom meeting login information will be sent to registrants in advance of the class.