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Getting Ahead of Invasive Species: The Morton Arboretum Restoration Forum

Get the upper hand on managing invasive species at the Arboretum’s Getting Ahead of Invasive Species Restoration Forum, through a full day of speaker presentations and discussions on Friday, September 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and field trips to local restorations on Saturday, September 14.
 
Join restoration practitioners and professionals to share experiences and insights into invasive species management and explore practical strategies and new approaches to getting the upper hand on invasive species.
 
Topics will include new invaders, their ecological impacts, and management practices; site management strategies for tough invaders such as buckthorn (pictured above); management tips and tricks for our most challenging species; new approaches to herbicide application; replanting strategies; collaborative partners and networking opportunities.
 
Cost for the Friday forum is $55 for members, $65 for nonmembers and $15 for students including admission, refreshments, lunch and program materials. Register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-719-2468.
 
Plus, check out these three Saturday field excursions (separate registration required):
 
Nachusa Grasslands
Bill Kleiman, Project Director and Cody Considine , Restoration Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy Volunteer Unit Stewards, Nachusa Grasslands
Saturday, September 14, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $45, $35 for student
Nachusa Grasslands, about 70 miles west of the Arboretum, is a reconstruction in progress. If it weren't for the remnant habitats, the upland sandpiper, and the conservationists who pulled together to purchase 400 acres, Nachusa would not exist today. Thankfully, 27 years later and 3,000 acres under management; The Nature Conservancy staff and a network of vibrant volunteers work to reconstruct biologically diverse remnant habitats. Henslow's Sparrows, Sedge Wrens, Hill's Thistle, Kittentails and the Downy yellow painted cup have been sighted in the beautiful mosaic landscape. Join the staff and stewards for an exclusive tour of the reconstructed grasslands, learn how invasive species such as birdsfoot trefoil are effectively managed, and gain in-depth knowledge on the reconstruction process for the Big Woods, the hill prairies and the sedge meadows.
 
Springbrook Prairie
Joe Suchecki, Site Steward and Nick Fuller, Natural Resource Management Coordinator, Forest Preserve District of Du Page County
Saturday, September 14, 9:00 a.m.–noon
Cost: $25, $15 for students
Explore the wetlands and prairies of the Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville, home to meadowlarks, bobolinks, state-endangered northern harriers, and short-eared owls. Over the past 20 years, staff, stewards, and dedicated volunteers have assisted in the restoration of this stunning 1,800 acre forest preserve. Spend the morning with Joe and Nick as we explore the history of the re-meandered Springbrook creek, view the prairie flora, and learn how invasive species such as flowering rush impact the natural areas.
 
The Morton Arboretum
Kurt Dreisilker, Manager of Natural Resources and Mark Hochsprung, Natural Resources Supervisor, The Morton Arboretum
Saturday, September 14, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center
Cost: $25, $15 for students; includes admission
The Morton Arboretum consists of a mosaic of woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and collection sites displayed across 1,700 acres. Managing invasive species within a public garden provides a unique set of circumstances that requires extra attention to details and records. Kurt and Mark will share how invasive species are managed within the Arboretum and share unique examples of how problematic plants are controlled throughout the grounds.