Archive for June, 2011

“Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, and Ecology” with Ted Elliman

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
October 14, 2011
11:00 amto4:00 pm
October 15, 2011
11:00 amto4:00 pm

Lonicera Morrowii

What’s all the fuss? Invasive plant species have been getting a lot of bad lip service from botany, ecology, horticulture, and conservation professionals alike. In this two-day course co-sponsored by the New England Wild Flower Society, join Ted Elliman, vegetation management coordinator for the Society, to find out why. Ted will introduce you to the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive and tenacious plants.  He’ll delve into the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding invasive plant species, including the process by which a plant becomes labeled “invasive.” Finally, Ted will introduce you to some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens and short local field visits.  Please bring lunch, a hand lens, water, and warm, sturdy cloths to go afield for short forays.

As vegetation management coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, for the past five years Ted and his dedicated corps of volunteers have located, documented, and controlled invasive species in natural areas for land trusts, conservation organizations, and state agencies across the New England landscape.  In his present position, he also conducts botanical inventorie and rare plant and natural community documentation. Previously, Ted worked as a contract ecologist for the National Park Service and several other agencies doing rare plant and natural community surveys and invasive management projects on the Appalachian Trail (from Maine to Pennsylvania) and the Boston Harbor Islands. He has been a natural-history tour guide to western China for the last 15 years.

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and local field destinations
Price:         Members $100, non-members $120 (Pre-registration required)

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