This talk will be about the impacts of non-native pest plants in the Georgia Piedmont, including identification tips as well as management and control strategies.

Non-native invasive plants disrupt ecological functions and threaten the viability and diversity of our native plants and wildlife. Homeowners and other citizens can play a critical role in helping prevent the introduction and spread of these plant species. With effective tools, techniques, and good management strategies, groups and individuals can have a real impact on the problem of invasive plants.  Crider will outline how you can reduce non-natives on your property and in your community.

Gary Crider is a team leader with the Memorial Park/Birchmore Trail Weed Warriors, a volunteer group that works to limit the spread of invasive plant species in areas across the Athens community. In recognition of his efforts with the Weed Warriors and other such organizations, Gary received the 2013 Alec Little Environmental Award, which is given annually for environmental activism and education in the Athens area.

GNPS announcements at 6:30pm, presentation begins at 7:00pm in Day Hall of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens


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