UNL CropWatch Feb. 16, 2011 North American Short Course on Invasive Plants to be in North Platte

UNL CropWatch Feb. 16, 2011 North American Short Course on Invasive Plants to be in North Platte

Feb. 16, 2011

Public and private landowners, managers, and others can get training in the basics of invasive plant ecology and management in a three-day UNL Extension short course this summer.

Topics

Day 1
Principles of integrated weed management
Herbicide workshops
Biocontrol workshops

Day 2
Integrated management in riparian areas
Integrated management in rangelands
Technology workshops (GPS and spatial analysis)
Site visits:

  • Riparian area
  • Wild land area
  •  Rangeland area

Day 3
Q & A Breakout sessions

  • Ecologically based invasive plant management
  • Herbicide use issues
  • Data interpretation and application
  • Invasive plant species identification

The short course will also offer open forum discussions with Instructors.

The North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course will be July 6-8 at UNL's West Central Research and Extension Center at North Platte. The course is limited to the first 40 who register by May 1.

"The course is three days of intense instruction and learning for those interested in the basics of invasive plant ecology and management and includes presentations, hands-on workshops, site visits and instructor-led discussion sessions on the latest in invasive plant ecology and management," said course moderator and UNL weed ecologist Steve Young.

"West central Nebraska hosts many of the same invasive plant species found throughout North America, so it is an ideal location for the course," Young said.

In addition to UNL experts, instructors will come from U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Kansas State University, Montana State University, University of Wyoming, and other agencies and institutions.

Course cosponsors include Weed Science Society of America, Society for Range Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska Invasive Species Project, North Central IPM Center, Center for Invasive Plant Management and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Registration

Registration is $650 and registration deadline is May 1. The course is limited to the first 40 participants. The course is primarily for land managers, public and private landowners, researchers, policymakers and students.

Continuing education unit and graduate student credit is available from several sponsoring organizations. Scholarships to help offset costs are available for the first 10 graduate students registering. The course brochure, which includes daily course activities and registration details, is online at ipscourse.unl.edu. For more information, phone (308) 696-6740 or e-mail llehmann1@unl.edu

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