Invasive Plant Workshop for Consulting Foresters Feb. 26

03 February 2020

The Private Lands Team of Vermont Fish and Wildlife and Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation will be hosting a workshop for consulting foresters to learn about treating invasive plants with cost-share funding on Wednesday, February 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Invasive plants, such as honeysuckle and buckthorn, can impact the ability of private landowners to manage their woodlands, can severely hinder the success of timber harvests and can be expensive to treat.  Cost-share programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), can help alleviate some of these issues by providing funding to treat invasive plants on private property.

This workshop will help consulting foresters learn how to move through the EQIP application process and plan successful invasive plant treatments in order to get good results for their clients.  Topics to be covered during the workshop include:

NRCS standards, practices, payment rates and treatment options;
How to plan a successful treatment with NRCS;
How to become a licensed herbicide applicator through the VT Agency of Agriculture;
A discussion of picking the right tool for the job;
An update and discussion on glyphosate;
A panel discussion with experienced contractors.

The workshop will be held at the USFS Forest Supervisor’s Office at 231 North Main Street in Rutland. To join the workshop, register with Wildlife Biologist Andrea Shortsleeve at andrea.shortsleeve@vermont.gov or 802-477-2257. Registration is free, but space is limited.

For Immediate Release:  February 3, 2020

Media Contact:  Andrea Shortsleeve 802-477-2257

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