Invasive plants have been shown to impact Wisconsin’s economy, environment and human health. Roadsides are a key area where these unwanted plants establish and spread. These right of way habitats are challenging to work in but focused efforts can be successful in preventing spread and reduce invasive plant populations.
To help educate and jumpstart management, UW–Madison Extension along with 4-Control are conducting roadside invasive plant workshops throughout the state. While the training at these five regional workshops is available to anyone interested, the focus will be on training staff of municipalities that manage vegetation on roadsides.
At each event we will provide training on how to:
- Identify common invasive plants
- Utilize common invasive plant management techniques
- Map invasive plants populations
- Develop an invasive plant management plan
The program will consist of classroom and field activities that demonstrate approaches to management and resources available to support efforts. All workshops include lunch and transportation to and from the field. Discussions with experts will help attendees understand how to integrate these tools into a comprehensive management plan tailored to the municipalities’ goals.
Dates and locations:
All workshops will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Kenosha County: Wednesday, July 17 at Kenosha County Center (19600 75th St, Bristol)
- Chippewa County: Thursday, July 18 at White Birch Inn (1039 State Hwy 64, Bloomer)
- Portage County: Tuesday, July 23 at Lettie Jensen Center (487 N Main St, Amherst)
- Sauk County: Thursday, July 25 at Compeer Financial (N Ridge Dr, Prairie Du Sac)
- Brown County: Tuesday, August 13 at Way-Morr Park (3832 Park Rd, Greenleaf)
Workshops are free thanks to sponsors: Corteva Agriscience, Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin, Nutrien Solutions, University of Wisconsin Extension and Wisconsin First Detector Network. To ensure enough space, attendees are required to register here. Space is limited, so register early to reserve a spot.