Apr 21, 2014

Volunteer Training for Invasives Strike Force Surveyors Scheduled

The Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, in cooperation with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has
scheduled a series of volunteer training for Invasives Strike Force surveyors.  The sessions teach methods that can be used for linear, non-scientific surveys. Hiking trails are targeted, but the same methods could be used for park boundaries, roadsides or other linear surveys. aTtendees are taught  how to identify 14 common invasive plants and how to record and report data. Students leave with a survey assignment at a park of their choice. If you have parks you’d like surveyed, please try to recruit a volunteer or have interns or staff attend a training.    

Registration is required and can be done on-line at the links below. Classes are 9:00 – 4:00 and include indoor classroom-style instruction plus outdoor practice. All classes are free. Space is limited. Please click on the class/date you are interested in:

Saturday June 21 - Invasives Strike Force Training (Phase 1), Ringwood, NJ

Sunday June 22 -  Invasives Strike Force Training (Phase 1), Ossining, NY

Saturday July 12 - Invasives Strike Force Training (Phase 1), Stony Point, NY

Sunday July 13 -  Invasives Strike Force Training (Phase 1), Bedford Hills, NY

 

Sunday May 18 - Refresher for Returning Volunteers, Mahwah, NJ  - half-day class, appropriate for those who already know most of the plants

 

Also taught for experienced Invasives Strike Force volunteers is a second set of 11 plants which are just emerging as invasives in the region (but may be common in some parts of the region).  These are half-day classes that would be appropriate for those who already know many of the common invasives and already know the survey methods. Please click on the class/date you are interested in:

Saturday May 31 - Advanced (Phase 2) Plant ID, Englewood, NJ

Sunday June 8 - Advanced (Phase 2) Plant ID, Mahwah, NJ

For more information on the program, the list of species it targets, and the parks that are offered for assignments, see the Trail Conference's web site at http://nynjtc.org/invasives

Contact information:

Linda Rohleder, Ph.D.
Director of Land Stewardship
Coordinator, Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Office: 201-512-9348
E-mail: LRohleder@NYNJTC.ORG