Published on 03/08/07

Invasive Plant Control Workshop March 21 in Athens

University of Georgia

By their very nature, invasive exotic plants become obvious to everybody. And once you see these pest plants' potential to overtake large areas, you want to know more about how to control them.

The Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council wants you to know, too.

The GA-EPPC has gathered experts from around the state to provide the Invasive Plant Control Workshop March 21 in Athens, Ga.

Homeowners, landowners and anyone else interested in controlling invasive exotic plants are invited to learn about the worst pest plants in north Georgia and how to safely control them.

Participants will get a three-ring binder of presentations, reference material and other information. They'll learn:

  • How to recognize the most serious invasive plants.
  • How to effectively and safely use herbicides.
  • How to understand herbicide labels.
  • How to use nonchemical methods and when they will work.
  • How to know the best control methods for your site.
Connie Gray, special projects coordinator for Trees Atlanta, and Malcolm Hodges of the Georgia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will lead the workshop. Gray and Hodges are president and vice president of the GA-EPPC.

Scheduled during the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Symposium March 20-22, the workshop will be in Room K of Georgia Center for Continuing Education from 9 a.m. to noon on March 21.

For anyone not attending the symposium, the workshop cost is $50.

To learn more, visit or Or call the Georgia Center at (706) 542-6596 or (800) 884-1419. Or contact Gray at (404) 522-4097 or

Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.