The West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center, in support of the state Division of Forestry Forest Stewardship Program, is hosting an invasive plants field workshop from 10 a.m.4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the WVU Research Forest at Coopers Rock State Forest (Monongalia&Preston Counties).

The workshop will address the needs of forest landowners to control exotic invasive plants. Invasive plants can prevent forest regeneration and growth of timber species. In addition, these species can out-compete native vegetation used by wildlife for food and habitat. Invasive species also can adversely impact recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing.

Several experts in the fields of forestry, botany and ecology will present the workshop. Topics to be addressed include: effects of invasive plants on wildlife, trees, and soils; strategies used by invasive plants to become established; identification of invasive plants of concern in West Virginia; tools and techniques to control invasive plants; and how to get started managing invasive plants on your own property.

Lunch will be provided. Participants should wear sturdy walking boots and bring rain gear and a full water bottle.

To register for the workshop or for more information, contact Robin Maille, 304-293-2941, ext. 2401, robin.maille@mail.wvu.edu Deadline to register is April 12.