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Learn To Battle Invasive Plants At Free Sterling College Workshop

Beana Bern
Sterling College
This invasive Spindle Plant was pulled from the Sterling College campus, in Craftsbury, on Tuesday during an All College Work Day focused on removing invasive plants.

On Tuesday, members of the Sterling College community spread out around their Craftsbury campus for an all college work day focused on removing invasive plants. Even if you don't have an army of college students to battle your Japanese knotweed, you can still join the fight against invasive plants in Vermont.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Sterling College and the Craftsbury Conservation Commission are hosting a free citizen science workshop that will teach you about invasive plants and how to get involved in efforts throughout the state to remove them. You'll also learn how to use iNaturalist, a free app and website that scientists are utilizing to track the spread of invasive plants in Vermont.

Elizabeth Spinney, the Invasive Plant Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, will lead the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring mobile devices loaded with the iNaturalist app, GPS enabled digital cameras, or digital cameras and handheld GPS devices. The workshop is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. until noon at Sterling College's Career Resource Center in Dunbar Hall, on Craftsbury Common. Snacks will be provided.

The college asks participants to please RSVP by emailing Farley Brown.

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