Invasive Removal and Control Workshop: July 8, 2011

Last week, NOFA's Organic Land Care Program hosted a workshop on Organic Invasive Removal and Control at the Beardsley Zoo Hanson Exploration Station.  The workshop started off in a classroom at the Station.  Dr. Charlotte Pyle, a landscape ecologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, first explained how to identify Connecticut's invasives.  Mike Nadeau of Plantscapes, Inc then discussed his first-hand experience controlling invasives species organically.  The classroom portion of the workshop concluded with Donna Ellis, a Senior Extension Educator in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architectureat UConn, discussing her successes with biological control of invasive plants.  The workshop then moved to the field where Mike demonstrated manual weed removal (and even using flame to burn barberry), Charlotte showed how to identify invasive species and Donna Ellis showed attendees successful insavice control using beneficial insects.  To see some photographs head over to


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