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Winter Identification and Management of Native and Invasive Species

January 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Learn how to identify, manage and monitor trees and shrubs during the dormant season with Riveredge restoration ecologists and UW-Extension weed specialists. This field course will take place almost entirely outside, so please dress for the weather and please bring your own lunch. Free invasive plant identification/management guides will be provided!

Cost: $55 per Riveredge and OWLT Member | $65 per non-member | $35 per Student

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Matt Smith at msmith@riveredge.us or 262-375-2715.

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Program Schedule

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

– Native and non-native species identification (winter bud, remnant flowering structures, branch wood, trunk wood, wood grain) inside barn and outdoors in the field.
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Intro to Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

–Native and non-native species identification (in field)
– Herbicide and organic methods of control
– How to mix and apply chemical
– Application restrictions in Wisconsin wetlands
– Specialty tools
– How to encourage or control clonal woody species
– Managing species at various scales from backyards to hundreds of acres

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Review and discussion inside

Speaker Bios:
Matt Smith is the Land Manager for Riveredge Nature Center based in Newburg, Wisconsin.  Mr. Smith has 15 years of experience in the field of ecology and restoration.  Prior to employment with Riveredge, Mr. Smith has worked as a Consulting Ecologist for Eco-Resource Consulting, Land Manager for National Audubon at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, a restoration technician for Tallgrass Restoration LLC, a Conservancy Steward for the Sand County Foundation, a Technician through Seifert Field and Forest, a certified Arborist and Cultural Landscape Specialist for Green Tree-Tree Care and Consulting, and a plant surveyor for NatureServe.  Mr. Smith’s work has led him to practice restoration throughout the Midwest, experiencing first hand its wide variety of diverse environments and conditions.  Mr. Smith’s work has allowed him to play an active role in projects on large and small scales in the public and private sectors.

Anne Pearce
 coordinates the Wisconsin First Detector Network, a citizen science network that empowers people to take action against invasive species. She supports WIFDN’s volunteer citizen scientists and develops and facilitates online and in person trainings. She holds an M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Prior to joining WIFDN, Anne spent several years teaching environmental education and working on conservation projects across the country.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Cancellation Policy: Registrant will be refunded 75% of registration fee if cancellation occurs up to 7 days (1 week) before to the program.  Any cancellations within 7 days of the program will not be refunded unless the program is canceled by Riveredge staff.


January 24, 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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4458 County Hwy Y
Saukville, WI 53080
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