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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 5, 2010
CONTACT: Catherine Coletti, (603) 559-0024

N.H. Coastal Watershed Invasive Plant Partnership Symposium May 20
Breaking through Barriers: A Roadmap to Invasive Plant Control

Rye, NH – On May 20 at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, natural resource professionals and concerned citizens will learn more about projects to control the growing threat of upland and wetland invasive plant species in New Hampshire’s coastal watershed. Event speakers will cover the nuts and bolts of invasive plant control projects, including permitting rules, specific techniques and case studies. At 2 pm, the day will culminate with an onsite tour of invasive plant control projects at Odiorne State Park and a Weed Wrench™ demonstration led by the Rockingham County Conservation District.

What: Breaking through Barriers: A Roadmap to Invasive Plant Control Symposium
When: May 20, 2010; 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd. Rye, N.H.

The cost to attend is $10.00 (includes refreshments and box lunch). Pre-register by May 13 using the registration form in the brochure located at http://extension.unh.edu/Forestry/Docs/Invasive_CWIPP.pdf. Call Joanne Ward at the Rockingham County Conservation District at 603-679-2790 or rccd@rockinghamccd.org with registration questions.

The event is sponsored by the Coastal Watershed Invasive Plant Partnership (CWIPP), which celebrates their second anniversary this May. CWIPP has eleven signatories to an official agreement, which commits them to collaboration on invasive plant management in New Hampshire’s coastal watershed.

CWIPP members will use the symposium to understand the issues and questions facing on-the-ground project managers. The information-gathering will be vital in guiding CWIPP activities going forward into their third year and beyond.

For more information, please contact Catherine Coletti, NHDES Coastal Program communications coordinator at (603) 559-0024 or via email at catherine.coletti@des.nh.gov.

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