Invasive Species Summit: Restoration and Long-Term Management, Co Presented with the Lower Hudson PRISM
Friday, November 3, 10 am-4 pm | Ross Hall, NYBG
Stiltgrass! Knotweed! Barberry! Porcelain-berry! A rogues gallery of invasive species is disrupting natural ecosystems and displacing native plants and animals throughout our region. Natural resource managers and concerned citizens from New York City to the Adirondacks are developing and implementing best practices for preventing new invasions, managing established invasives, and restoring invaded ecosystems. Four experts will discuss current trends in ecological restoration and share the tools and techniques they use to protect and preserve our imperiled native biodiversity.
REMOVAL IS NOT (USUALLY) ENOUGH!
Paddy Woodworth, award winning Irish journalist and author of Our Once and Future Planet, will share lessons from small-and large-scale restorations in the US and beyond, with a focus on what must happen during and after a site is cleared of invasive plants.
RESTORATION SUCCESS IN A DENSELY URBAN ENVIRONMENT
Kristy King, Director of Natural Areas Restoration and Management for NYC Parks, will outline the workforce development, community engagement, and site prioritization that are key to NYC Parks' success to date, as measured by the health of native plant communities, soil, and wildlife.
SO MANY WEEDS, SO LITTLE TIME
Art Gover, Research Support Associate for the Penn State Wildland Weed Management Program, will discuss a collaborative partnership with the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks that plans and prioritizes work on a large scale by educating staff at all levels to accomplish invasive species management.
LESSONS FROM URBAN TO SUBURBAN ENVIRONMENTS
Tate Bushell, Director of Stewardship with the Westchester Land Trust, and Jessica A. Schuler, Director of the Thain Family Forest at NYBG, both oversee successful ecological restoration projects, Bushell in suburban Westchester and Schuler in urban NYC. They will highlight how to establish goals, prioritize, implement projects, and overcome challenges to have success in long-term management in these two distinct settings.
ISA, AIA, DEC and LACES CEUs will be provided.
This course is also approved for 5 Continuing Education Credits from the Society for Ecological Restoration.