Mary Dodge of the Cornwall Conservation Commission says she and other Cornwall residents are bothered and concerned—bothered by buckthorn and concerned about the health of their local forestlands.
Dodge’s local environmetal group is organizing a free workshop Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Cornwall Town Hall to discuss Eurasian bush honeysuckle, Asiatic bittersweet, and other plants appearing throughout not just Cornwall but other Addison County towns. The workshop will be held 1-3:30 p.m.
The workshop will be led by Rose Paul of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. It will include instructions on how to identify the most common invasive plants in the Champlain Valley and why these species can be harmful to wildlife, forest health and even humans. Attendees will then move outdoors for a walk on a local property, where participants will be able to see invasive plants growing in the wild.
“Rose will also cover invasive plants that are spreading into Vermont from southern New England, such as Japanese barberry and black swallowwort, and explain why it is important to literally nip these species in the bud before they take root here,” said Dodge.
The workshop is sponsored by the Cornwall Conservation Commission and Vermont Coverts: Woodlands For Wildlife (vtcoverts.org), a nonprofit organization.
The Cornwall Town Hall is located at 2629 Route 30 in Cornwall, across from the intersection of Route 74. For more information, contact Gisela Palmer at 802-462-3373 or email@example.com.