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Symposium to focus on invasive plants of the upper Midwest

MADISON -- Landowners and other interested in learning more about the management and control of invasive species can attend a symposium on invasive plants of the upper Midwest being held Sept. 27 in Madison

The symposium will cover a wide range of topics, with more than 80 talks, panel discussions, and workshops, according to Kelley Kearns, native plant specialist with the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Endangered Resources.

“There will be displays of both land and aquatic invasive plants that are already invading Wisconsin as well as displays of some new invasive plants that people should be on the lookout for,” Kearns says. Workshops will cover techniques and tools that people can use to control invasive plants on their property.

The symposium will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention and Visitors Center and is part of the larger Natural Areas Conference that will run from Sept. 24-27. The invasive plant symposium is sponsored by the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, while the natural areas conference is hosted by the Endangered Resources Program of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Areas Association.

Kearns says that although walk-in registrations may be acceptable, sponsors are asking people to register by Sept. 19 to ensure a space.

The Natural Areas Conference, which is targeted primarily at professionals and officials who work in the area of natural areas preservation, will include special forums on fire ecology, large river systems and private lands protection and management. Participants will visit area natural areas on all day field trips on Sept. 26.

More information on the Invasive Plants Symposium can be found on theassociation’s Web site at < - Exit DNR>. Information about the natural areas conference can be found on the Natural Areas Association Web site at < - Exit DNR>.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Kearns - (608) 267-5066 or Thomas Meyer - (608) 266-0394




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