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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ALIEN INVADERS

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 janderson_alc@yahoo.com 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.