Learn how to manage invasive plants

Landowners in Daviess, Dubois and Martin counties can get help managing invasive plants through their local Soil and Water Conservation districts.

Some of the invasive plants found locally include honeysuckle, autumn olive, Callery pear, multiflora rose, poison hemlock and Japanese stiltgrass. Invasive Species Specialist Emily Finch provides landowners with information about controlling invasive plants, conducts site visits to identify invasives, and oversees a small cost-share program to assist landowners with invasive plant control on one through 10 acres. 

Cost share funding is available for landowners in the three-county project area, with the most funds remaining in Dubois and Martin Counties. Finch can answer questions on specific species, conduct a free site visit to identify invasive plant concerns, and provide detailed invasive plant management plans for those interested. 

There are also two upcoming events that can help landowners looking for more information on how to manage invasive plants. On Aug. 22, stop by Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area, 6001 E. 600S, Montgomery, anytime from 6 to 8 p.m. for a Resource Management for Family Landowners event. Visit with resource professionals at various stations for the whole family, including nature crafts for kids, plant identification, and what tools are used to control invasive plants.

For more thorough training, register for invasive plant control training for landowners, a two-day training from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7.  This training will take place the Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center, 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road, Dubois, and will provide hands-on learning and demonstration of methods by natural resource professionals. The fee for this event is $20.

For questions on events, invasive plants, to schedule a site or to register for the two-day training, contact Emily Finch at Emily.Finch@in.nacdnet.net, call 812-482-1171, ext. 3, or visit the Dubois, Daviess, or Martin SWCD offices.

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