June 15, 2016: Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Management Workshop

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Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Management Workshop

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

9AM to 4PM

In this workshop, experts present a variety of tools and procedures to assist public and private land managers in developing best management practices.

Morning Sessions

  • Observe how ArcGIS software is used to establish goals and implement restoration projects.
  • Discover how to develop and prioritize invasive species control programs.
  • Learn how to design and install systems that successfully restore and repair eroded streambanks.

Afternoon Tours

  • Mt. Cuba Center’s experimental reforestation research site.
  • Natural Lands watershed-monitoring program.
  • Invasive plant management projects.

 

Registration

Natural Lands Management Workshop Agenda


Controlling Japanese Barberry Helps Stop Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

A 2012 article from UConn Today about the connection between Japanese Barberry infestations and densities of Lyme-infected ticks:

From UConn Today-- Jeffrey Ward, chief scientist in the department of forestry and horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiement Station demonstrates the use of a propane torch. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ward)

From UConn Today– Jeffrey Ward, chief scientist in the department of forestry and horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiement Station demonstrates the use of a propane torch. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ward)

“In addition to attracting earthworms, the Barberry creates a perfect, humid environment for ticks. Williams recites the numbers. ‘When we measure the presence of ticks carrying the Lyme spirochete (Borreliaburgdorferi) we find 120 infected ticks where Barberry is not contained, 40 ticks per acre where Barberry is contained, and only 10 infected ticks where there is no Barberry.'”


Emerging Threats: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian

EBay posting for Giant Salvinia

eBay posting for Giant Salvinia

“In the US, the Department of Agriculture has banned all transport and sale of giant salvinia across state borders. Despite these restrictions, at least four patches were sold in the past year on eBay by a seller in Hawaii who ships anywhere in the US.”

Source: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian


 

 

Maryland: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants

“Citizens and scientists are working together to tackle the problem of invasive plants on state lands through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ new Statewide Eyes program. Statewide Eyes is seeking people interested in identifying and mapping invasive plants that threaten ecologically sensitive sites.”

Source: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants