GROTON–The Avalonia Land Conservancy’s Groton Town Committee and members of the Groton Open Space Association plan to hold a two-part workshop on invasive plants in May. Following is the announcement of the workshop. 

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A Two-Part Introduction for Land Stewards Outlining Practical and Effective Invasive Species Removal Techniques

 Inside: Wednesday, May 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Groton Public Library

Outside: Saturday, May 7, 1-3 p.m., Avalonia’s Moore Woodlands Preserve, South End of Capstan Avenue, West Mystic, CT

Members of Groton Open Space Association (GOSA) and Avalonia’s Groton Town Committee have cooperated in preparing a two-part workshop oriented toward educating land stewards, homeowners and “budding” botanists about the impact of invasive species on our native plants and animals. This two-part workshop will provide an introduction to the early recognition and removal of selected invasive species by practical, non-chemical methods in order to reduce their negative impact on our vanishing native ecosystems.

 We invite you to join us for both (or one) of these informative and practical workshops:

 PART 1 – INSIDE: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Rm 2 at the Groton Public Library from 7-8:30 p.m.

This first part consists of a Power Point presentation about invasive species common to SE CT , emphasizing species to be addressed during Part 2 (the outside hands-on segment), examples of those selected invasive species and examples of various types of equipment needed for the removal task.

PART 2 – OUTSIDE: Saturday, May 7, 2011 on Avalonia’s Moore Woodlands preserve located at the south end of Capstan Avenue in West Mystic from 1-3:00 p.m. (and maybe longer)

This second part consists of discussion, demonstrations, and participation in practical field experiences oriented toward recognition and mechanical removal techniques (non-chemical) for selected invasive species of shrubs and vines.

Both the INSIDE & OUTSIDE programs are space limited, so please register early. This workshop is free, but registration is required by calling Joellen Anderson at 860-445-2563 or emailing with your name, workshop(s), town, phone number and email address prior to March 28, 2011. After March 28th, the workshops will be open to other local conservancy groups, etc.