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Identifying Plant Invaders!

  • Schulten Farm Woolwich, ME (map)

Learn to identify common invasive plants

Photo by John Burr.  Cheri holds the stem of Japanese knotweed.

Photo by John Burr. Cheri holds the stem of Japanese knotweed.

When: Saturday, June 8 at 10:00am

Where: Schulten Farm in Woolwich, a KELT conservation easement property

As part of a two-part series on invasive plant management, join stewardship consultant Cheri Brunault for an introduction to invasive plant identification. Brunault will introduce participants to a number of invasive plants that can be found in local forests and fields.

This free, light rain or shine event is great for land owners with large or small properties looking to pare back these unwanted plants!

This first program in the series will provide residents and property managers with identification tips for common invasive species. Invasive plants such as multiflora rose, Japanese knotweed, or oriental bittersweet, were brought to the area many years ago as ornamental plants in gardens, but quickly spread into the wild. They can be a common sight on old farms and homesteads like the Schulten Farm. These invading species can crowd out other native plants and trees and destroy food sources of wildlife.

Registration is strongly encouraged by calling 207-442-8400 or using the Google Form below.

Driving directions and details will be sent to registrants before the program.

Photo by John Burr

Photo by John Burr

The second program in the invasive series will be held later this summer.  Brunault will return for a program on Saturday, August 24 starting at 9:30am and will demonstrate methods that can be used to treat invasive plants using manual or chemical means at KELT’s Sewall Wood Preserve in Bath. Registration is required at www.kennebecestuary.org or 207-442-8400.

If you are interested in finding out more about invasive plants, the Maine Natural Areas Program has images and fact sheets for a variety of the invasive plants in Maine.  These resources can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap/features/invasive_plants/invasives.htm.

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