Please join us at the Winter Information Exchange
Tuesday, December 3rd
9:30 - 4:00
Samuels Public Library
330 E. Criser Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
Topic: Invasive Species- Successful Mitigation Efforts and Promising Research.
Aerial Survey and Management of Invasive Pests Using Aerospace Technology
-Yong-Lak Park, Ph.D., Associate Professor, West Virginia University
Summary: The U.S. agriculture and forest faces a major threat by many invasive pests distributed over large geographic areas. There have been few systems to efficiently manage pests over such large areas although airplanes with on-board pilots often are used to survey damaged areas and to deliver pesticides. In this presentation, I will introduce novel geospatial and aerospace technologies that West Virginia University has been developing for safe, near-real time, economical, and efficient aerial detection of pests and delivery of control measures.
National Forest Non-Native Invasive Treatments After 2012 Wildfires
-Fred Huber, Program Manager and Botanist, Forest Non-Native Invasive Species Program, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Summary: Fred will briefly explain the NNIS program on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and how areas are treated adjacent to recent wildfires to help protect resources values, such as forest regeneration areas, special biological areas and wilderness. In the spring of 2012, five separate wildfires burning across our Forests simultaneously. The fires and the associated suppression activity created openings in the forest which were susceptible to non-native invasions from nearby populations. Post fire treatments were implemented to help prevent the invasion of non-natives into areas with enhanced resource value to the National Forest.
Targeted Grazing as a Weapon against Weeds
-Brian Knox, President, Sustainable Resource Management & Supervising Forester, Eco-Goats
Summary: Able and willing to go where machinery and people are not, goats provide an economical, light impact, politically appealing and entertaining method to reduce biomass, weaken and exhaust root systems, thin and maintain vegetation and interrupt the seed bank.
Maryland’s Invasive Ornamental Plant Ban Law: History and Implementation
-Kerrie Kyde, Invasive Plant Ecologist/ Regional Biologist Natural Heritage Program -- WHS Maryland DNR
Summary: In 2011, the Maryland Legislature passed HB 831, the Invasive Plant Law. Codified in the Agriculture article of COMAR, the law established a committee and a system to assess the invasiveness of both planted and not-yet-introduced species of ornamentals commonly sold in the nursery industry. Learn about the work of the Invasive Plant Advisory Committee, the status of assessed species and the impacts this law will have on invasive plants in natural areas, on gardeners and the public.
WEED WARRIORS: A Key Element in Invasive Management in an Urban/Suburban Park System
-Carole F. Bergmann, Forest Ecologist/Field Botanist. Montgomery Parks, Maryland- National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Summary: Effective Management of non-native invasive species is a major issue for Natural Resource Managers in most mid-Atlantic park systems today. Incorporating volunteer assistance can be a very effective tool in dealing with this issue. Carole Bergmann, Forest Ecologist for 37,000 acres of urban/suburban parkland situated next to our Nation’s Capital, will present a slide lecture on the system she’s evolved to cope with the invasives, which emphasizes a volunteer level (the WEED WARRIOR program), but also incorporates a Structural level, a Staffing level, and a Cooperative Action Level.
The PWP coordinates periodic Information Exchanges so members can share experience and gain new prospective on important issues. We discuss achieving success in conservation, restoration, invasive species control, endangered species protection, and a wide range of subjects of concern. Concerned citizens, watershed and conservation leaders, and public officials from across the Potomac River watershed and the wider Chesapeake Bay watershed are invited to attend our Information Exchanges.
For more information, or answers to any questions on any of the information on these presentations, email the Potomac Watershed Partnership Coordinator or call (304) 856-1385.
WV Project CommuniTree (CTree) promotes tree plantings and education on public land through volunteerism in the Potomac Headwaters of West Virginia. In 2012, CTree assisted over 1,400 community volunteers in planting 726 urban trees across the Potomac Headwaters.
The CTree Spring 2013 planting season is currently underway, with 16 groups organizing plantings that will lead to an additional 828 urban trees being planted. Check out past projects in the WV Project CommuniTree 2012 Report
For more information visit Cacapon Institute's Forestry Page or email Cacapon Institute's Urban Forestry Coordinator.
BACKYARD BUFFERS, MD
The Potomac Watershed Partnership, in cooperation
with the Maryland DNR Forest Service present the
Backyard Buffers Program. This program is designed
to assist homeowners who have a stream or other
waterway on or adjacent to their property to create a
streamside buffer of native trees and shrubs. A
streamside buffer can create habitat for wildlife, reduce
peak winter temperatures, and reduce the amount of
sediment, fertilizer, and toxic materials that enter our
waterways. Deep-rooted trees and shrubs can also
stabilize streambanks, protecting them from erosion. More information here.