Upcoming Invasive Blitz Workshops: June 25th and June 27th

June 25 in Brainerd, MN & June 27 in Schroeder, MN

Calling all volunteers from the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, Forest Pest First Detector and other programs! As you know, invasive species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard and wild parsnip pose serious threats to Minnesota’s natural resources, ecosystems, and economy. We want YOU to join in a statewide effort to tackle the growing problem of invasive species.

buckthorn berries and leavesJoin us for a one-day workshop (qualifies as Advanced Training or continuing education hours!) in which you will learn the impact of invasive species in Minnesota and be trained to identify and remove/treat selected problem species and provide follow-up management and monitoring. We will help you plan a local project that will mobilize organizations and clubs you belong to so you can host local invasive plant removal projects as part of an annual statewide “Invasive Blitz” event. You may even wish to adopt a local natural area (park, woodlot, camp, retreat center, etc.) you can regularly monitor and provide stewardship for into the future.

For additional information and to register click here.

Play Clean Go Day

PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks is pleased to announce the 2nd annual PlayCleanGo Day on June 14, 2014 at 13 participating park locations around Minnesota. PlayCleanGo Day coincides with National Get Outdoors Day and State Park Open House Day and we invite you to join in the celebration!

We need three volunteers at each park between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Volunteers will talk to park visitors about the PlayCleanGo outreach campaign, terrestrial invasive species and simple prevention steps to avoid spreading harmful pests.  There will be handouts and boot brushes for adults, and temporary tattoos for kids. There will be short tours of invasive plants where there is easy access to existing infestations. Site specific resources will include a map of infested areas and laminated photos of the species present.

PlayCleanGo volunteers need a basic understanding of terrestrial invasive species and the threat they pose to the state’s natural resources. Talking points and a reference folder will be provided to assist with questions that may come up. Volunteers need to get to their designated location and bring water, snack, sunscreen and bug repellent. Volunteers will be given a PlayCleanGo ball cap, tee-shirt and poncho to use on site and to take home with them. Display materials and handouts will delivered to park staff ahead of PlayCleanGo Day.

We need one of the three volunteers at each location to serve as the go-to person. Ideally, these people  will be PlayCleanGo partners, prior PlayCleanGo volunteers, Master Naturalists, Woodland Advisors or an active participant in a similar volunteer program. These volunteers need to arrive at their location by 10:30 a.m. to set up the table. They will coordinate breaks, and at sites where field tours of invasive plants are feasible, organize periodic tours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (the tour leader can be any three volunteers). At 3 p.m., the go-to person will also be responsible for packing up any remaining supplies and returning them to park staff.  The other volunteers will assist in these efforts.

If you are interested in serving as a go-to person for a particular park, please visit the link below and select the park where you’d like to assist.  https://doodle.com/yky24m62k27s4zfz

If you are interested in volunteering in one of the other two volunteer positions, please visit this link and select your favorite park location. https://doodle.com/dt2ve6pihwcmdnkd

Volunteer positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you have any questions, please contact me directly.  Once you sign up, I will send you some forms to fill out and return, along with the PlayCleanGo talking points.  I hope to hear from you soon.

Susan Burks
MNDNR Forestry / Invasive Spp. Prog. Coord.
500 Lafayette Rd / St Paul, MN 55155
651-259-5251 (office) / 651-296-5954 (fax)
PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team.

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