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Battle the Invaders

Battle the Invaders

From Asian longhorned beetle, Japanese honeysuckle invasive species of plants and insects are posing problems for Ohioans. Here's a chance to learn more.

You may have invasive species on your land and not even know it. Learn about the harm they do, how to spot them and how to fight them in a workshop in Dayton May 13.

The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program's Invasive Species Workshop looks at such banes as purple loosestrife, common buckthorn and hemlock woolly adelgid -- plants and pests that aren't native to Ohio but are here now and causing problems.

"Invasive species come in all shapes and sizes and include insects, woodland plants and aquatic plants," says Kathy Smith, coordinator of the Stewards Program and one of the workshop's speakers.

"We'll cover the identification of those species that are giving landowners the most difficulty along with some control options -- from mechanical removal to the more complex chemical options," Smith says.

Troublemakers also include common reed, tree-of-heaven, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, Japanese honeysuckle and some looming new threats.

Specialists with Ohio State University Extension will teach the workshop, which includes outside demonstrations and practice. 

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike.

Registration costs $35 per person, includes lunch and materials, and is due by May 6.

Register online at Or register by mail by sending your name, contact information, and check or money order payable to "The Ohio State University" to Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, 210 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210.

For more information, call 614-688-3421 or e-mail

The workshop qualifies for 5 hours of continuing education credit for landowners participating in the Ohio Forest Tax Law program.

The topics and speakers:

"What Is an Invasive Species," Amy Stone, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension.

"Invasive Plant ID and Control Options," Smith.

"Invasive Aquatic Plant ID and Control Options," Bill Lynch, Aquatic Ecosystem Management, OSU Extension.

"Invasive Insect Diagnostics: Pests to Have on Your Radar," Stone.

"Restoration Options and Sources of Assistance."

Outdoor hands-on demonstrations (dress for the weather).         

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