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Invasive Plant Symposium

October 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

$25 – $65

Invasive Plants in Uncertain Times: Achieving More with Less

Presented by Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group

Student Union University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT

This 9th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts
as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat.
Co-Sponsoring Organizations are listed on the CIPWG website at:

Who Should Attend
• Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
• Nursery, tree, and landscape professionals
• Landscape architects and designers
• State and federal employees
• Members of conservation organizations
• Educators, students
• Gardening enthusiasts
• Concerned citizens
Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered (see CIPWG website).
The Symposium will be held at the University of Connecticut, Student Union, 2110 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269.
Registration fee includes parking in the North or South Garage. Bring your ticket to the symposium for validation.

Session 1: Join invasive plant management experts in a panel discussion for homeowners/beginners on the ABC’s of controlling invaders. Learn the basics of non-chemical options, the right tools to use, and the proper time for control. Safety and proper use of herbicides, and selecting the best product for problematic invasives will also be covered. Come ready with your questions. (Jeff Ward, Mike Nadeau, Chris Polatin)
Session 2: Learn about innovative technologies for reporting and understanding the spread of invasives, including the use of drones to map invasive populations, submitting invasive species occurrence data via mobile apps or EDDMapS, and GIS story mapping. (Nancy Marek, Katie Blake, Mike Van Clef)
Session 3: Native plants “from soup to nuts” – understanding on-site issues, working with existing site values to design and find species for specific goals – allowing for natural change. (Peter Picone, Lisa Turoczi)
Session 4: Join invasive plant management experts in a discussion of the costs/benefits of various methods for controlling invasives on large scale properties. Learn from the professionals which non-chemical and chemical options have worked for them and the proper time for control. This session will be geared toward a professional/advanced audience. (Dave Gumbart, Chris Polatin)
Session 5: Panel discussion on the role of nurseries and the nursery industry in the production of non-invasive plant alternatives. Plant producers from CT, other New England states, and NY will discuss sources of plants and seeds, restoration, and customer base. (Darryl Newman, Mark Brand, Polly Weigand, Dave Anderson)
Session 6: This session will cover Risk Assessment and Early Detection of invasive plants in CT and how we evaluate plants that are newly introduced or threaten our state borders. (Henry Frye, Bryan Connolly)
See website for more information:

WEB-LINK to registration form and program:

Early registration $55 (postmarked on or before August 23); regular registration $65 (postmarked AFTER August 23 or for walk-in registrations); student fee $25 – bring valid school identification. If requested at least 72 hours in advance, every effort will be made to provide special accommodations. Credit card registrations accepted online only. Registration is non-refundable. WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS ONLY IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE.


October 4, 2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
$25 – $65
Event Category:


UCONN Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture


UCONN Student Union
2110 Hillside Rd
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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