on Jul 28, 2014 05:40 PM • Views 1143
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen
919-707-0187
jodie.owen@ncwildlife.org

TROY, N.C. (July 28, 2014) — The Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership is hosting a free, day-long invasive species workshop for private forestland owners on Aug. 22 at Montgomery County Community College in Troy. 

The “Invasive Species: Identification and Management” workshop will begin a 9 a.m. with an overview from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff on invasive plant species commonly found in the piedmont of North Carolina. Other presentations include early detection and rapid response procedures, as well as an update on new and emerging species, such as mile-a-minute vine and Cogongrass.

Staff also will conduct breakout sessions on invasive plant identification, including some native “look-alike” species, management tools used to eradicate weeds, including different herbicide applications, hand tools and fire, and safety procedures to follow when managing invasive species.

In the afternoon, workshop participants will visit the Nichols Longleaf Pine Preserve in Troy for a field demonstration of weed removal through the use of herbicides, propane torches and hand tools. Participants also will earn how to identify invasive species in the field and what management techniques are most appropriate for identified species.  

The workshop is limited to the first 75 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 18. Interested participants can register online or by contacting Brooke Massa, the Commission’s Piedmont Land Conservation biologist, at 919-630-3086 or brooke.massa@ncwildlife.org. The workshop will be held in room 105 in Blair Auditorium, also known as Building 100.

The Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership comprises 13 wildlife and habitat conservation organizations that work for the long-term conservation and enhancement of biological diversity and ecosystem sustainability throughout the greater Uwharrie landscape. In addition to the Wildlife Commission, other partners are: Environmental Defense Fund, Land Trust for Central North Carolina, North Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, N.C. Natural Heritage Program, N.C. Plant Conservation Program, N.C. Zoological Park, Piedmont Land Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Central Park North Carolina and N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

For more information on the partnership, visit the website.