Upcoming Educational Events
Date/Time: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 8:30am Place: Topsfield Fairgrounds - Beekeeping Building
This program is a continuing educational opportunity designed for tree care professionals and green industry specialists.
Date/Time: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 9:00am Place: DoubleTree Hotel
A critical first step in the development of a weed or invasive plant management program is a strong and complete understanding of several principles and fundamentals of the discipline of weed science. The session will cover the topics of weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more. This workshop is Part A1 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:00am Place: Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall
This one-day conference is designed for managers and employees who work outdoors: arborists, tree wardens, municipal managers, DPW workers, city planners, surveyors, foresters and landscape architects. UMass Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Forest Service sponsor this annual event.
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 9:00am Place: DoubleTree Hotel
While landscape and turf professionals may be knowledgeable about the state regulations that govern the type of work they normally do, regulations that govern certain aspects of invasive plant management may be different. This session covers state regulations including the Wetlands Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, and pesticide regulations, including those specific to right-of-ways. This workshop is Part A2 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:00am Place: UMass Cranberry Station
Every new year comes with its own challenges for successful maintenance of healthy and attractive landscapes. Join UMass Extension Educators at the UMass Cranberry Research Station in East Wareham for a day of learning about the latest research-based information to help you kick off a successful landscape management season.
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 9:00am Place: DoubleTree Hotel
An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. The work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed. This workshop is Part A3 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:00am Place: DoubleTree Hotel
This session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program. Management tips and strategies will be discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls. This workshop is Part B of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:30pm Place: UMass Amherst - Stockbridge Hall
Kick off the 2014 growing season with hands-on scouting, identifying and even forecasting landscape pests and abiotic problems.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 5:00pm Place: Elm Bank Reservation
Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 9:00am Place: French Hall, UMass Amherst
This introduction to inland wetland plant identification begins with an overview of the major characteristics of woody and non-woody vegetation used for identification in most plant keys. Guided exercises will be used in a classroom/ laboratory setting to practice keying out plant specimens collected from local wetland sources. An afternoon field trip to a local wetland will allow opportunity to practice identification skills in a natural setting. Related topics such as plant adaptations to wetland hydrology and the concept of “hydrophytic” vegetation will also be discussed.