Whether they are on public or private land, invasive species are a big issue for natural resource management. They are free from all native pests or pathogens that help keep them in check in their native habitat. As a result, invasive plants have been shown to reduce species diversity. They can outcompete our native species and reduce land productivity. 

If you're facing a problem with invasive species, our Forestry team is ready to help through a free program. Join Extension Forester Chris Evans and Forestry Research Technician Kevin Rohling as they:

• Identify common invasive plant species
• Demonstrate equipment, tools, and techniques used to control invasive plant species
• Provide recommendations and resources for conducting safe and effective invasive plant control

The event will be held on Thursday, July 15, at 5 p.m. at the Jackson County Extension office located at 402 Ava Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. During the program, participants will take a short walk around the property to view some local invasive species. Please dress accordingly and wear comfortable, supportive footwear. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit go.illinois.edu/invasivespeciesworkshop or call (618) 687-1727 to reserve your spot!

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, please contact Maggie Ray at mro@illinois.edu or (618) 687-1727. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator, hdwillis@illinois.edu, (618) 357-2126

SOURCE: Chris Evans, Extension forester, cwevans@illinois.edu, (618) 695-3383

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