Non-native invasive plants pose a serious threat to New Hampshire's natural environment. UNH Extension aims to increase awareness, collaboration, and capacity to deal with the invasive plant threat by hosting the inaugural New Hampshire Invasives Academy September 27-28, 2018 at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire.
At this special two-day workshop focused on invasive plants, up to 40 attendees will have the opportunity to attend presentations, participate in hands-on activities, learn from colleagues, experts, and each other, and attend field trips covering ecological considerations and management strategies for invasive plants in New Hampshire. Instruction for the Academy will be provided by a diverse group of agency, academic, non-profit, and private industry partners (see instructor list below). Attendees will learn tools and techniques to improve their management plans and activities.
The New Hampshire Invasives Academy is designed for those with a strong interest and some experience in natural resources stewardship, including foresters, land trust staff, natural resource professionals, private landowners, and active community volunteers. Interested participants are encouraged to complete a short application to reserve a spot in the Academy. Continuing education credits (CEUs) will be available for natural resource professionals, including 15 SAF Category 1 CFE credits.
In exchange for the 2-day training participants agree to return to their New Hampshire communities and contribute 20 hours of time sharing information learned at the Academy with landowners, colleagues, clients or other members of their community. A $65 registration fee partially covers meals, transportation, and materials. Nearby hotel accommodations will be available (not included in registration fee).
The New Hampshire Invasives Academy is underwritten by program sponsors, including UNH Cooperative Extension, the USDA Forest Service, Seacoast Science Center, NH State Parks, Rockingham County Conservation District, UNH Department of Natural Resources, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, and others.
Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2018 when application review will begin. If space is available, applications received after August 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Acceptance will be based on applicants' interest and ability to use and share lessons from the Academy with others. Applicants from northern and western parts of New England should be aware that the Invasives Academy will be repeated in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire in fall, 2019.
Agenda - NH Invasives Academy
Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne State Park, Rye, NH
Sept. 27, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and round-trip transportation to field trip)
- Invasive Plants in New Hampshire's Ecosystems - Ellen Snyder, Ibis Wildlife Consulting
- Invasive Plant Ecology - Dr. Tom Lee, UNH Department of Natural Resources
- Invasive Plant ID Activity - UNH Extension Forestry & Wildlife Staff
- Overview of Invasive Plant Management Techniques - UNH Extension Forestry & Wildlife Staff
- Field Trip: Thompson Forest, Durham, NH - Ellen Snyder, Ibis Wildlife Consulting, Greg Jordan, UNH Extension, Charlie Moreno, Moreno Forestry
Sept. 28, 2018, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and field trip)
- Invasive Plant Regulations, Reporting and Early Detection/Rapid Response - TBD
- Aquatic Invasives - Amy Smagula, NH Departmnet of Environmental Services
- Invasives & Wildlife - Matt Tarr, UNH Extension
- Using Herbicides to Manage Invasive Plants - Jeff Taylor, Vegetation Control Services
- Invasive Plant Resources & Outreach Tools - UNH Extension Forestry & Wildlife Staff
- Field Trip: Odiorne State Park, Rye, NH - Lenny Lord and Tracy Degnan, Rockingham County Conservation District
- Individual Action Planning - all participants with guidance from UNH Extension staff