Invasive Species Webinars

The Windham Conservation District and all of our partners in the newly formed Southeast Vermont Cooperative Invasive Species Management Association (SE VT CISMA) are excited to offer a six-part webinar on invasive plants this fall. Join us for engaging and informative presentations with lots of time for answering all your invasive plant questions.

  • September 16 – Intro to invasive plants – What is an invasive plant and what resources are available to help you fight them?
  • September 30 – Backyard Invasives – Nasty Neighbors
  • October 14 – Invasives in Your Woodlot
  • October 28 – Non-Chemical Invasive Species Management Options  
  • November 11 – To Spray or Not to Spray – Responsible Herbicide Use in Invasive Plant Management
  • December 9 – Early Detection Rapid Response – What is it and what species should you be on the lookout for?

All webinars will be hosted on Zoom and held from 7:00-8:00 PM.

The Southeast VT CISMA is group of public and private conservation partners formed to pool our resources, expertise, and capacity to do public outreach and education on invasive plant issues, explore new methods of invasive control, set up demonstration sites, and to conduct or support control projects in high priority locations throughout southeastern Vermont.

September 30 – 7:00 PM

Back Yard Invasives – Nasty Neighbors

Join Pieter van Loon, VT Land Trust Lead Forester, Jack Minich, VT Land Trust VHCB AmeriCorps Land Management Coordinator and Rachel Cliche, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Biologist for a virtual walk around the back yard. Learn about invasive plants commonly used in landscaping and native alternatives to create a backyard that is a part of Vermont’s natural beauty. 

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

October 14 – 7:00 PM

Invasives in the Woods

Join Sam Schneski, Windham County Forester, and Pieter van Loon, VT Land Trust Lead Forester for a discussion based on some of the primary non-native plant invaders found in the forests of Southern Vermont.  What are the characteristics of invasive plants that allow them to thrive in a forest?  How do we handle them, when is it the right time to do something, and what takes priority?  The format will be 15 minutes of presentation followed by 45 minutes for questions and answers.    

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October 28 – 7:00 PM

Non-Chemical Invasive Species Management Options (case study:  Japanese knotweed)

Looking for an alternative to herbicides?  Come join the SE VT CISMA in a presentation and discussion of the opportunities and drawbacks of non-chemical management of invasive plants in our region.  The presentation will cover the specific biology of our invasive plants and how they respond to non-chemical management techniques, the tools and options available for non-chemical management and how to decide when non-chemical management is the right option.

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November 11 – 7:00 PM

Should I Spray? – Responsible herbicide use in the control of invasive plants

Join Andrew Morrison, consulting forester and VT licensed pesticide applicator, for an engaging discussion on the role of chemicals in controlling invasive plants. In this webinar Andrew will discuss when you might choose to use herbicides, the differences between “natural” and synthetic herbicides, how to educate yourself on herbicide use, things to consider when hiring a professional contractor, and environmental and health risks associated with invasive plants versus those associated with commonly used herbicides.

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December 9 – 7:00 PM

Preventing Establishment of Invasive Species – Early Detection as a First Line of Defense

Join Jennifer Garrett, Vermont Land Trust Stewardship Manager and  Jack Minich, Vermont Land Trust VHCB AmeriCorps Land Management Coordinator for a discussion on how to recognize and address new invasive plant incursions to prevent establishment. Learn about early detection monitoring and how to recognize some new-to-Vermont (or soon-to-be-in-Vermont) invasives to watch for in your community.

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Jack Minich from VLT explains how to identify Autumn Olive, a common invasive plant in Southern Vermont.