The public was invited to learn how to identify and manage non-native plants without the use of pesticides. Attendees learned how they can protect the rich biodiversity of wildlife that rely on native species through education and early detection. Master Gardener Ann Barry went through a comprehensive slideshow that advised private landowners how to identify and control the most frequently encountered invasive species including Japanese barberry, Norway maple, Oriental bittersweet, mile-a-minute, multiflora rose, garlic mustard, burning bush, black swallowwort, Japanese stiltgrass, wineberry, purple loosestrife and Japanese angelica tree.
This program was the result of a Best Management Practices (BMP) collaboration between the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Rockland County and Hudsonia together with the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (LHPRISM). Co-Sponsors of the event included the Jay Heritage Center, Rye Sustainability Committee, Rye Garden Club and the Little Garden Club of Rye. The talk was followed by a walk and viewing of live specimens. A video of the program can be seen here courtesy of Rye TV