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Conservation course to cover weed management

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 12:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 11:45 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – The weeds that take over gardens and push out native species will be hacked at in an upcoming McHenry County Conservation District program.

A part of the district’s People and Nature Program, the class “Weeds and What We Do About Them: Invasive Plant Management” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Glacial Park’s Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.

The workshop will focus on the latest techniques the conservation district uses to manage invasive plants.

Participants will learn how to use and maintain a chain saw; how to safely and efficiently clear invasive trees; when, where and how to apply herbicides for best effect; and the applicability of seppi mowers, rotary mowers and other large-scale equipment.

Most of the class will be outdoors, so attendees should dress for the weather. They should also bring a sack lunch and something to drink.

The People and Nature Program is a series of courses designed to teach homeowners, volunteer stewards, nature educators and outdoor enthusiasts about ecological restoration and landscaping.

This class, which is for those ages 14 and older, is one of the workshops required for earning an ecological restoration certificate. The cost is $40 for county residents and $45 for nonresidents.

The deadline to register is Sept. 9 and can be completed online at MCCDistrict.org; dropped off at Glacial Park Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood; or dropped off or mailed to Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.

A $15 discount toward this or any People and Nature Program can be earned by dropping by an open house anytime from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Lost Valley Visitor Center.

For information about the People and Nature Program, contact Research Field Station ecologist Tom Simpson at 815-678-4532, ext. 8218, or go to MCCDistrict.org/web/pr-pancp.htm.

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