UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

Upcoming Educational Events

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 - Holdsworth 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.
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 9:00am Place: UMass Amherst - French Hall
Using a classroom presentation, potted weed herbarium and weed walk, UMass Extension Specialist Randy Prostak will help participants enhance their broadleaf weed identification skills.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 9:00am Place: French Hall - UMass Amherst
Participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field — including soil texture, color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/nonwetland gradient.