Citizen cooperative taking on invasive plants

A new, multi-agency citizen science cooperative is taking on the fight against invasive plants.

The Allegheny Plateau Invasive Plant Management Area (APIPMA) was formed to supply “early detection and control of invasive plants in high value watersheds and upland terrestrial ecosystems…” according to a Thursday release.

The group will present a free workshop entitled ‘Invasive Plants of the Allegheny Plateau’ will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Warren County Conservation District office, 4000 Conewango Avenue.

Topics will include: invasive plant identification and ecology; mapping and reporting invasive plants using iMapInvasives; and information about how volunteers can join the Allegheny Plateau Invasive Plant Management Area’s (APIPMA) citizen science network.

A second workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Ridgway.

APIPMA covers Warren, McKean, Forest, Elk, and Potter counties.

Agencies involved in organizing the workshops include: Allegheny National Forest, McKean County Conservation District, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Those looking for more information or to register for the workshop may contact Maddie Stanisch at the McKean County Conservation District by phone at 814-887-4020 or by email to mmstanisch@mckeancountypa.org.

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