Upcoming NRCS Biology Webinar on Invasive Wetland Plants
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for conference details for the upcoming NRCS Biology Webinar, “Why Some Wetland Plants Are Invasive and How They Affect Restoration” on March 26th, 2013 at 2-3:30 pm (EST). The presenter will be Susan M. Galatowitsch, Ph.D. (Professor, Restoration Ecology, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN http://www.consbio.umn.edu/SG/;email@example.com; Telephone: 612.624.3242). Dr. Galatowitsch states, “The proportion of wetland restoration projects affected by invasive species is likely very high. Either invasive species are present at the start of a project and their removal is attempted during site preparation or they arrive soon after, as the site adjusts to its new hydrology and vegetative cover is minimal. If the goals of a restoration project are narrowly focused on flood abatement or water quality improvement, the presence of invasive species is a minor concern. If, however, the desire is to achieve multiple benefits, including the restoration of plant biodiversity, then invasive species control is a priority. Plant communities influence nutrient cycling and food webs, provide food and habitat structure to animals, and contribute to a wetland ecosystem’s aesthetic appeal. Consequently, the restoration of a wetland’s plant communities is often considered crucial to project success. Understanding why a particular wetland plant is invasive can help frame practical restoration decisions, such as selecting effective control strategies and evaluating the commitment needed to accomplish control.”The target audience for this webinar is NRCS field staffs and partners engaged in restoration and management of wetlands and associated uplands.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions for joining the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the NRCS Biologists’ SharePoint Site and S&T Library in the event that you are unable to participate in the live webinar.