The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will host a workshop for consulting foresters to learn about treating invasive plants with cost-share funding on Thursday, February 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. If there is bad weather, the workshop will be held on March 9.
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 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
- Worker Protection Standards with the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
- An update and discussion on glyphosate and other commonly used herbicides
- An open panel discussion with experienced contractors (will also include experience with poison parsnip and phragmites)
- The importance of controlling invasive plants to benefit wildlife habitat and forest health
The workshop will be held at the Canadian Club at 414 E Montpelier Road in Barre. Attendees will receive 3 Vermont pesticide recertification credits and 2.5 SAF Category 1 CFE credits for attending.
To view the agenda and register for the workshop, visit tinyurl.com/36fk6747.
Please send questions to Habitat Biologist Andrea Shortsleeve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-477-2257. Registration is free, but space is limited. Registrants will be notified if bad weather causes postponement.