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Riparian Restoration Using Chemical-free Invasive Plant Control
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This webinar will highlight chemical-free options and techniques used to control invasive plants species.

When: Wednesday
Noon - 1 :00 pm
Where: Webinar
Contact: Penny Lewis

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The Oyster River Forest conservation project was a typical riparian restoration with typical goals: restore habitat to benefit wildlife; remove invasive plant species; control erosion to improve water quality; and more. The striking difference is that this project achieved all of its goals WITHOUT THE USE OF CHEMICALS in this sensitive ecosystem. This restoration project was accomplished through a partnership of federal, state, and local entities. The field and riparian areas were heavily infested with large invasive shrubs and a 2.5-acre stand of wild parsnip. A key funding partner—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)—originally planned to hire contractors to spray the invasive plants with herbicide then re-plant with native shrubs. As a consultant working on the project for the Town of Durham, Ellen Snyder brought in ecological consultants Mike Bald (GotWeeds?) and Gerry Hawkes (Forest Savers LLC), and convinced NRCS to use only mechanical methods to remove the invasive plants. This webinar will highlight the chemical-free options and techniques used to control the invasive plants species.

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