Public and private landowners, managers and others can get training in the basics of invasive plant ecology and management in a three-day University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension short course in July.
The North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course is July 6-8 at UNL's West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.
"The course is three days of intense instruction and learning for those interested in the basics of invasive plant ecology and management and includes presentations, hands-on workshops, site visits and instructor-led discussion sessions on the latest in invasive plant ecology and management," says Steve Young, course moderator and UNL weed ecologist. "West central Nebraska hosts many of the same invasive plant species that are found throughout North America, so it is an ideal location for the course."
Registration is $650 and registration deadline is May 1. The course, which is limited to the first 40 participants, is primarily for land managers, public and private landowners, researchers, policymakers and students. In addition to UNL experts, instructors will come from USDA's Agricultural Research Service, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Kansas State University, Montana State University and University of Wyoming.
Continuing education unit and graduate student credit is available from several sponsoring organizations. Scholarships to help offset costs are available for the first 10 graduate students that register. The course brochure, which includes daily course activities and registration information, is online. Go to http://ipscourse.unl.edu for more information and how to register. If you have additional questions, call 308-696-6740 or email [email protected].
Course cosponsors include Weed Science Society of America, Society for Range Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska Invasive Species Project, North Central IPM Center, Center for Invasive Plant Management and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.