UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

Upcoming Educational Events

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 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 Session A1 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 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: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:15am Place: Wareham Elks Lodge
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: Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 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 Session A2 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:45am Place: Campus Center Auditorium
A full day program for all sectors of the agriculture and landscape communities, including agricultural producers and grounds management professionals. University and national experts on pollinating insects, protection of pollinators, and pesticides will share the latest scientific research on factors affecting the health of honeybees and other pollinators, best practices for sustaining populations, and minimizing negative impacts with responsible production and land management strategies.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 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 Session A3 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 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 Session B of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm Place: UMass Amherst - Holdsworth Hall
Kick off the 2015 growing season with hands-on scouting, identifying and even forecasting landscape pests and abiotic problems.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 5:00pm Place: Atnold Arboretum
Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 8:30am Place: Doubletree Hotel
Best management practices are key to establishing and maintaining turf that can withstand pressure from damaging pests.

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