Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Upcoming Events

Invasive Management Training to Preceede Land Owner's Conference
Submitted by Chris Tomazic, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

Invasive plants present management challenges for local landowners and caretakers. In an effort to address these issues, Rural Action will host “Invasive Plant Management Training for Natural Resource Professionals” on Friday June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Camp Oty-Okwa in the Hocking Hills.

The training, designed for land managers and interested landowners, will take a holistic approach to invasive plant management looking at diverse, contemporary perspectives on invasive classification, history and control.

Speaker Jennifer Hillmer, land steward of the Holden Arboretum, is a founding director of both the Ohio Invasive Plants Council and the Midwest Invasive Plant Network. Speakers also include Jennifer Windus, the current president of Ohio Invasive Plants Council and a program administrator at the Ohio Division of Wildlife; Bob Beyfuss of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Vocational Educator and Master Naturalist John Fichtner of West Virginia; and Certified Holistic Educator Fred Hayes. Workshop topics include “The Threats of Invasive Plants in Ohio’s
Natural Habitats,” “Managing Noxious Weeds in a Scientific Context,” and “A Holistic View of Succession and Biodiversity”.

This intensive workshop will lead off three days of educational opportunities at Camp Oty-Okwa in the beautiful Hocking Hills. The 9th Annual Landowners Conference will follow the workshop on June 2 and 3. For more information about the conference, please visit www.ruralaction.org/conference.

This training is funded by USDA North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program, and designed to offer challenging ideas on a very challenging problem: invasive plant management. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) will be available through the Society of American Foresters.

Register by May 25th, by calling Tom Redfern at 740-742-4401, or Jeff Hardin at 740-767-2090. Cost is $15 and includes a lunch of local foods. Scholarships are available for students or others in need.

Calendar of Events

05/17 - Native Plant Rescue (with special guest: Hope Taft), 10 a.m., Wayne National Forest Headquarters (Highway 33). Bring your own food and water. Open to the public. Contact Tom Redfern at 740-767-4938 for more info.

05/17 - Athens Waterfest (featuring our watershed groups), 9am-2pm, Athens High School, hosted by Athens Soil and Water Division.

05/18 - Middleport Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m.

05/19 - Friends of the Lower Muskingum River Clean-up, 10 a.m. to noon, meet in McConnelsville at the boat ramp on St. Rt. 376 across from the Morgan Co. Fairgrounds. Trask bags and gloves will be provided, all volunteers receive a free t-shirt! Contact Kim or Kristyn at 740-374-4170 for more info.

05/19 - Alumni Day at the Federal Valley Resource Center. 9 am kicks off the Yabba Dabba Doo 5k race. Come early for registration. 10 am to 3 pm there will be a community yard sale. Bring any unwanted items. From 1 to 4 pm, tour the grounds with FVRC members, and view artwork by Federal Hocking students. For more information, go to www.federalvalley.org.

05/19 - SCWG Dover Township Clean-up, 8 a.m. to noon, meet at the pull-off on Route 13 immediately before Main Street of Millfield (heading north). Contact Emily Boyer at 740-767-2225 for more info.

05/22 - Volunteer Action, Lindsey Daniels (Sexual Assault Prevention Program), WATH 970AM, 10:06 a.m. to 10:36 a.m.

05/22 - Meigs Soil and Water Conservation Area Tour, 9:30 a.m. meet at RARE Center, tour begins at 10 a.m. Led by Raina Fulks of Leading Creek Watershed. Contact Elise George at 740-767-4938 to register.

05/23 - Sunday Creek Watershed Group Meeting, 6:30 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. presentation. Tom Redfern and Jeff Hardin will present about invasive plants. contact Emily Boyer at 740-767-2225 for more info.

05/24 - Chesterhill Produce Auction Opening Day, 4 p.m., featuring lots of strawberries. Contact Tom Redfern at 740-767-4938 for more info.

05/25 - Middleport Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m.

05/29 - Volunteer Action, guest TBA, WATH 970AM, 10:06 a.m. to 10:36 a.m.

05/30 - Rural Rambler published

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