April 4, 2019

Invasive Species Workshop Coming

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Continuing its recent successful workshop series, the Clermont County Parks Alliance presents its spring community outreach program.

“A Holistic Approach to Invasive Plant Management” featuring landscape ecologist Jason Brownknight takes place 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Pattison Lodge, 2227 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103.

This is a free workshop ideal for park employees around the county, but also for city, village and township maintenance crews charged with keeping public lands in good shape.

“We are happy to have a speaker of Jason’s caliber to talk to us,” said Jim Meyer of the CCPA. “Invasive species are a huge problem. Left unchecked, invasives can become a serious public hazard and an enormous financial and manpower challenge to remove.”

Brownknight said, “The introduction and establishment of invasive alien species – including plants and animals – is contributing to widespread disturbance on our modern landscapes. Ecosystem resilience is dependent upon biological diversity.

“Invasive alien species are decreasing resilience and ecosystem services by limiting establishment of native species. Management of invasive alien species is a complex process that can be accomplished utilizing an adaptive and integrated approach.”

The workshop presents an introduction to the landscape ecology of invasive alien plant species in Clermont County and will provide an adaptive, integrated approach toward management of high-priority species like “bush” honeysuckle, Callery pear, lesser celandine, autumn olive and others.

Invasive Species event schedule

1 to 1:10 p.m. – Welcome and introductions

1:10 to 1:30 p.m. – Introduction to the landscape ecology of Clermont County

1:30 to 2 p.m. – Invasive alien plants – why are they so bad?

2– 2:10 p.m. – Break

2:10 to 2:50 p.m. – Integrated invasive plant management: from pretty yellow flowers to towering trees-of-heaven

2:50 to 3 p.m. – Break

3 to 4 p.m. – In the field: Walk areas of Pattison Park

About Jason Brownknight – CEO/Senior Landscape Ecologist at Brownknight EcoResource, LLC and a professional ecologist with more than 20 years’ experience working on land, water and wildlife projects in southern Ohio. As Director of Conservation & Stewardship at the Cincinnati Nature Center, Brownknight helped guide the development and direction of conservation and stewardship activities on CNC land. During his time at the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District, Brownknight co-authored three state-endorsed Watershed Action Plans for the East Fork Little Miami River. Brownknight earned his master’s degree in physical geography from Ohio University, with a focus on Landscape Ecology and has a bachelor’s degree in natural history from Shawnee State University. He is also a graduate of the Ohio Watershed Academy. Brownknight’s primary research focus is on the impacts of land use decisions on wildlife populations and the habitats they need to survive.

Register by email at parkdistrict@clermontcountyohio.gov or by phone at 513-732-2977. Please RSVP by April 15 so we can have an accurate count for food and drinks.

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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