October 27 - Addressing Invasive Plants in Forest Management

Addressing Invasive Plants in Forest Management: Identification, Strategies, and “BMPs”

Thursday, 10/27/2016, 8:30am-2:30pm

Indoor/morning location: Alfred Town Hall, upstairs room. 16 Saco Road, Alfred, ME 04002

Please note: overflow parking is allowed in the Alfred Parish Church parking lot on the side of the chapel.  Parking is NOT allowed in the “horseshoe” driveway of the church or on any grassy areas.

Description: Invasive plants are already causing problems on many woodlots in southern Maine.  These aggressive species outcompete native tree regeneration and negatively impact wildlife habitat values.  New invaders are on our doorstep in NH and beyond, ready to advance into Maine with a warming climate.  This workshop will teach you how to identify common invasive plants, introduce some species not yet common here, and present ideas and strategies for invasive plant management.  Indoor presentation (2.75 hours) followed by 1-1.5 hour field tour. 

CEUs: This event has been assigned 5.0 Category 1 SAF CEUs.

Registration: This workshop is free, but please register in advance.

To register online (preferred method) for the Forester’s Institutes please follow this link:


OR via phone, contact Kevin D. Doran, Ed.D, Natural Science Educator, Maine Forest Service, 207-287-4988 or kevin.doran@maine.gov


8:30-9:00    Registration, coffee

9:00-10:30      Introductions
Ecology of invasive plants; why are invasive plants a concern for foresters?  Tree Farm Forest Health standard.  
Identification of invasive plants of Maine forests.
(Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, MNAP)

10:30-10:45    Break

    Invasive plant management framework (Nancy Olmstead, MNAP):
•    Prevention, Find & Map, Control, Monitor, Repeat
•    Harvest planning with invasive plants in mind - BMPs
•    iMapInvasives online mapping tool
•    Management prioritization strategies, decision tree

12:00-12:30    Lunch – Please Bring Your Own Lunch

12:30-12:45    Travel to field site

    Field walk (Jeffrey Williams, SWOAM)
•    Site TBD, possibly the USFS Massabesic Experimental Forest
•    Invasive plant field ID
•    Invasive plant management history (If applicable)  
AND/OR discuss potential approaches

2:30    Conclude

For More Information: Contact Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, Maine Natural Areas Program

phone: 207-287-8046 / fax: 207-287-8040