South Burlington is hosting a webinar about “Managing invasive plants using chemical treatment methods.”

Join Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County forester, for a virtual discussion of the threats posed by woody invasive plants, and how to treat them. This event is designed to provide information relevant to how herbicide could be used in the city as a restoration tool to protect native biodiversity at Wheeler Nature Park.

Whether you own a large woodlot or just a small yard, you’ve probably struggled with non-native invasive plants. On a small scale, these plants are a nuisance, making woods and yards look brushy and messy. On a larger scale, they can be a major threat to ecosystems and biodiversity.

Tough challenges force us to recognize unusual allies. While herbicide is often used to suppress biodiversity in agriculture and horticulture, it can also be used in as a restoration tool — applied in a targeted, minimal way to help protect biodiversity and the health of natural communities. In the face extremely virulent plants, using herbicide may be the only effective and realistic method for controlling invasive plants across our landscape.

Join the meeting, Wednesday, March 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at global.gotomeeting.com/join/714971813.

If you have questions, contact Ashley Parker at aparker@sburl.com.

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