The City of Oak Ridge’s Environmental Quality Advisory Board (EQAB) is partnering with the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council (TNEPPC) to present a community workshop on Dealing with Invasive Plants. Co-sponsors include the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP), Keep Anderson County Beautiful (KACB) and the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Research and Education Center.

The workshop will be held at the Oak Ridge Civic Center, 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike on September 21, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A guided tour will follow from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum, 901 South Illinois Avenue.

The Invasive Plants Workshop will include presentations on:

? Invasive plants 101: characteristics and identification
? Developing a plan to prevent future problems
? Controlling invasive species
? Prevalence of invasive species in urban areas; and
? Native Plant Alternatives

Immediately following the presentations, breakout sessions will be held to discuss topics in greater depth such as Community Invasive Plants, Maintenance/Staff Issues and Nursery Growers/Businesses.

The program will then shift to the UT Arboretum for a guided field tour to observe invasive plants and review potential treatment options.

Tennessee Pesticide re-certification credits will be offered for attending the workshop. Pre-registration is required and can be done online at http://oakridgeinvasiveplants.eventbrite.com/. The cost of the workshop is $5.00. For an additional $5.00 attendees can join TNEPPC.

For more information contact Athanasia Senecal Lewis, Community Development Department, (865) 425-3574 or visit the City’s website at www.oakridgetn.gov.

News media contact: Candice Brown at (865) 425-3546 or cbrown@oakridgetn.gov.

To view the workshop flyer, click here:

Workshop Flyer