By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s natural landscapes face a growing challenge from invasive species, both in water and on land. In an effort to raise awareness and equip north central Ohioans with knowledge and strategies, the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting an enlightening workshop titled “Invasive Species on Land and Water to Know and How to Control.” This event, scheduled for January 25 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, aims to bring focus to this pressing environmental issue.

Understanding the Threat: Aquatic and Terrestrial Invaders

Mark Warman, an expert from the Cleveland Metroparks, will lead a session on aquatic invasive plants. His talk will focus on species affecting backyard ponds and natural areas in Ohio. The presentation will cover the identification of these invasive species, insights from field observations, and response strategies. Mark’s expertise in managing aquatic invasive plant Early Detection and Rapid Response projects in Ohio’s Lake Erie Basin makes him an authoritative voice on the subject.

In the second segment, Janell Baran, owner of Blue Owl Garden Emporium and Blue Owl Hollow forest farm, will delve into terrestrial invasive plants. Drawing from her extensive experience as a farmer and former computer industry professional, Janell will discuss the identification of common plant invasives in Ohio and explore alternative methods for controlling them without relying on herbicides.

Interactive Learning and Practical Solutions

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about notable aquatic plant discoveries in Ohio over the past five years, enriching their understanding of the local ecosystem. The workshop also promises to equip participants with practical and sometimes unexpected solutions to combat invasive species, emphasizing sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

About the Speakers

Mark Warman’s role in the Cleveland Metroparks involves collaboration with partners to protect Ohio’s water resources, supported by funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Janell Baran, transitioning from a two-decade-long career in the computer industry to farming, now leads a fulfilling life on a historic farmstead, applying her insights to sustainable farming and ecological conservation.

Registration and Additional Information

Participants registering for the workshop agree to receive updates from Richland Soil and Water Conservation District, including their quarterly e-newsletter. The event also serves as a platform for the Richland SWCD to capture moments for promotional purposes, with photography becoming their property.

Tickets are available here.

Source: Richland SWCD; Image: DALL-E 3

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