Spring conference on invasive species and watersheds set for March 26, 2020

The Indiana Invasives Initiative (III) is hosting its first statewide conference on Thursday, March 26 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Center. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is packed with amazing speakers and information.

The event provides technical training and shares the latest updates and research on invasive species and an overview of Indiana’s Terrestrial Plant Rule which becomes enforceable in April.

Anyone with a personal or professional interest in invasive species management, CISMA representatives, park professionals, land managers, foresters, arborists, contractors, farmers, landscape professionals or watershed managers will want to come. The goal is to share information and build partnerships across the state.

Registration is $25/person and can be done online.

The conference is expected to draw 300 attendees and sponsorships are available at various levels. More information is available on the website at sicim.info.

The agenda includes evaluating the future impacts of invasive species and the impact on forest health, soils, and watersheds. There will be a session on management techniques; updates on some invasive threats; and a session on the role of native plants in supporting biodiversity in soils, arthropods and birds. There will also be a roll out of a new native woody alternative App, a pocket guide update for the Terrestrial Plant Rule, and information on the status of the Indiana Invasive Initiative and Senate Bill 99. We’ll also have information on upcoming Weed Wrangles and Weed Wrangle Awards.

The Hamilton County Fairgrounds is located at 2003 Pleasant Street in Noblesville, IN. OISC applicators CCHs will be available for the conference.

For more information on this conference, email or call 812-653-5563.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Invasives Initiative