Instructor: Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. The work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and its Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed.
This workshop is Session A3 of the 4-part Invasive Plant Certification Program.
NOTE: 2023 will be the last year we offer this certification program.
Partial reimbursement for the cost of this Invasive Plant Certification class is available in 2023 for eligible Massachusetts employers thru the Workforce Training Fund Program's Express Program: https://commcorp.org/subprogram/wtfp-express-program. Must apply 21 days in advace of each class selected. Here is the info you will need for your application.
- Course Name: UMass Extension The Invasive Plant Issue and Invasive Plant Identification (A3)
- Course ID#: 1135824
- Cost: $95/pp for up to 2 from the same company (per person rate); $86/pp for 3 or more from the same company (group rate per person)
While turf and landscape professionals might be very proficient in the development of a weed management program for turf and/or landscape, invasive plant management often reveals many new and unique challenges to these professionals. This 4-day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business. A certificate in Invasive Plant Management may be obtained by attending all four sessions and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B, Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. All sessions may also be taken individually. Attendees are encouraged to take all four sessions in one season to get the most out of the information.
Pesticide credits: 3 pesticide contact hours in categories 29, 36, 37, 40, 48, and Applicator’s License; valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.
Association credits: 4.5 ISA, 1 MCH, 2 MCA, and 2 MCLP.