Invasive plants species are major threats to the forests and grasslands of southern Illinois.

Invasive species can outcompete native species, decrease wildlife habitat, limit tree growth and regeneration and increase management costs. The first step to successful management of these invaders is correct identification.

Chris Evans and Kevin Rohling, University of Illinois Extension Foresters, will be discussing the following topics at an upcoming course:

• Identification of major invasive species in the region

• Demonstrating and practicing control techniques

• Discussing and demonstrating different equipment/tool options

• And, discussing herbicide safety, timing and treatment recommendations.

Managing invasive species can seem like a never-ending task but there are some tips, tricks and tools that can make more of an impact.

This course will take place on Saturday, June 29 from 1-4 p.m. and will be held at the Jackson County Extension office, located at 402 Ava Rd. in Murphysboro.

This program is free to the public, but registration is required by accessing the registration page: go.illinois.edu/invasivespecies2019.

For more information, contact Maggie Ray at mro@illinois.edu or call 618-687-1727.

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