The Ultimate Invasives Workshop

Saturday, August 28, 2010, The Scott Farm, Dummerston, Vermont

Invasive plants and insects are a looming threat to Vermont’s forests. Just last month, a new infestation of the Asian Longhorned Beetle was found in Boston, and once again, the infestation was not discovered by a natural resources professional, but by an alert and informed member of the public. We in the natural resources community are alarmed by the rapid spread of invasive species, the size of the area at risk, and the danger to the ecosystem.

It is imperative that we reach out to educate as many people as possible about invasives – the threat they pose, how to recognize them, and how to stop them.

Our Windham County WOA is co-sponsoring an all day workshop with the Vermont Woodlands Association (VWA) on both invasive plants and invasive insects. The workshop will be at The Scott Farm in Dummerston on Saturday, August 28. This is a great opportunity to learn from our panel of experts how to identify the plants and insects that are a threat, and what the best measures are to control them.

Please attend this workshop if you can!

Bill Guenther,

Windham County Forester




·         Identification·         Monitoring·         Control


When:                                  Saturday, August 28th – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where:                                 The Scott Farm, Kipling Road, Dummerston

Workshop Facilitators:  County Foresters Sam Schneski and Bill Guenther



8:45 a.m. — Registration Coffee and doughnuts

  9:00 a.m. — Introduction —The history of Landmark Trust USA and The Scott Farm, including the invasives problem and control measures taken to date.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. — Invasive Plants: Overview of Impacts, Solutions and The “Dirty (Bakers) Dozen” Cynthia Boettner, Invasive Plant Coordinator, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge of The Connecticut River watershed.

10:30 – 10:40 a.m. —  Break

10:40 –11:30 a.m. — Two Major Exotic Invasive Insects That Are Knocking on Vermont’s Door, and One That Is Already Here — Jim Esden, Forestry Specialist with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, will cover the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer as well as the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, which has already arrived.

11:30 – 12:00 noon — Flame Weeding, a Technique for Killing Exotic Invasive Shrubs — Peter Smallidge, New York State Extension Forester and Jeff Ward, Chief Scientist for the Department of Forestry & Horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will overview this exciting technology’s application and effectiveness with different species of invasive shrubs.  Jeff will also discuss the connection between controlling invasives and reducing the risk of Lyme disease and invasive earthworm densities.

12:00 –12:45 p.m. — Lunch (provided)

12:45 – 1:15 p.m. —  Indoor Overview of Control Techniques Jeff Taylor, Principal, Vegetation Control Services, Inc.


  The afternoon will be spent outdoors looking at field sites where various control practices

have been implemented.

1:15 –1:30 p.m. — Move to Field Site

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. — Demonstration of Various Control Techniques — Jeff Taylor

2:45 –- 4:00 p.m. — Demonstration of Flame Weeding Techniques — Peter Smallidge

and Jeff Ward

Dress appropriately for a morning of indoor lectures and

an afternoon of field sessions.


Coffee and DoughnutsLunchReference Notebook For Each Participant


This workshop is part of the Vermont Woodlands Association’s “Forestry School Series” being held throughout the state. It is co-sponsored by the Windham County Woodland Owners Association.


2010 Forestry School Workshop Registration Form

The Ultimate Invasives Workshop — August 28, The Scott Farm, Dummerston

Cost: $50 each  — includes coffee and doughnuts, lunch and all program materials

Name(s): ________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________

Phone: __________________  Email: _________________________________

Amount enclosed: $ ___________

Sandwich choice (circle one):  Roast Beef            Turkey                  Vegetarian 

Make check payable to V W A and mail with registration form to:

PO Box 6004, Rutland, VT 05702-6004

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