Monday, May 7, 2012

It's Invasive Species Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Invasive Species Awareness month?

The goal of May 2012 Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM) is to provide resources and opportunities to help stop the spread of invasive species in Illlinois - each and every person can make a difference, including you!

It's May in Illinois and that means we are starting another Awareness Month.  Governor Quinn signed a proclamation, denoting May as Invasive Species Awareness Month.  There are already nearly 70 events scheduled across Illinois to raise awareness and educate the public on invasive species issues and more are being added everyday!.  Check out this calendar of events:

Here is a short preview of the events underway this first week:

  • Workdays at Morton Arboretum, Fermilab, Allerton, and Lake Forest
  • Awards Ceremony in Springfield for our 2011 ISAM honorees
  • Garden Club presentations in Carbondale
  • Garlic Mustard challenge underway across the state
Tomorrow (Tuesday) there's a great presentation at the Botanic Gardens in Glencoe. Here's more info about what's going on there

NIIPP Invasive Plant Workshop
Tue, May 8, 1:00pm – 8:30pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Center-Alsdorf Auditorium, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL
Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month
Directions to the Garden: In honor of Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month NIIPP has organized an Invasive Plants Workshop on Tuesday, May 8th! Some of the featured speakers include Chris Evans from the River to River CWMA and Leslie Lowry of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The agenda, workshop registration form, and exhibitor registration form can be found on our website at Please note that if you register by April 30th the registration fee is $15.00 (which includes coffee/tea and a boxed lunch). The registration fee for exhibitors is $75.00 and includes workshop registration for one company/organization representative; we have space for 15 exhibitors. Workshop Agenda 8:00 – 8:30 am Coffee and Tea 8:30 – 8:40 am Welcome and Introduction 8:40 – 9:45 am Updates on New Invaders/Plants at Our Borders § Update on New Invaders Watch Program Website and Access - Deb Maurer, Lake County FPD § Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass): Natural History and Control - Chris Evans, River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area 9:45 – 10:00 am Break 10:00 – 10:40 am Ornamental Invasive Plants § Miscanthus spp. (Japanese and Chinese silvergrass) - Kay Havens, Chicago Botanic Garden § Euonymus spp. (Burning bush) - Brendon Panke, University of Wisconsin, Madison 10:45 am – noon Aquatic Issues § Hydrilla Management Plan - Cathy McGlynn, NIIPP Coordinator § NPDES Permits for Use of Herbicides in Aquatic Areas - Leslie Lowry, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency noon – 1:15 pm Lunch (included with workshop registration fee for all pre-registrants) 1:15 – 2:30 pm Best Management Practices § Asian Bittersweet - Rebecca Grill, Park District of Highland Park § Reed Canary Grass - Ryan Campbell, Fermilab Natural Areas § Phragmites - Brook Herman, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers § Tall Goldenrod - David Hodge, Turning Leaf Conservation § Wild Chervil - Ben Haberthur, Kane County FPD 2:30 – 2:45 pm Break 2:45 – 3:15 pm New Herbicides and Application Methods § Herbicide Update - Rick Shulte, Crop Production Services § Buckthorn Wand - Jim Steffen, Chicago Botanic Garden § Phragmites Wiper Tool - Cathy McGlynn, NIIPP Coordinator 3:15 – 3:30 pm Final Questions and Closing Remarks

Hope you get to learn some interesting facts this month about the invasive species that kill our precious trees and plants.

Thanks for reading,

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