Workshop will cover invasive plant identifications and control


LEWISTON — The Maine Forest Service in cooperation with the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, Androscoggin Land Trust, Town of Topsham, Town of Greene, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and CPS Timberland will hold two invasive plant identification and control workshops.

The workshops will provide participants with an introduction to identification of common upland invasive plants. Participants will also be introduced to different control strategies for invasive plants, including both mechanical and chemical methods. The workshops will concentrate on plant species that are invasive in Maine’s forests.

Anyone with an interest in invasive plants is encouraged to attend. The workshops are free.

The first workshop will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at the Topsham Public Library. The second workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, June 4, at the Greene Town Office.

Workshops will have a field component so participants are asked to bring appropriate field gear for the forecasted weather conditions and heavy crop of ticks. Workshop space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information including directions, contact Ken Canfield via e-mail at [email protected] or call 441-3712.