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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Exotic and Invasive Plant Control Seminar to be Held at Big South Fork on June 27

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Date: June 12, 2013
Contact: Marie Tackett, 423-569-9778
Contact: Effie Houston, 423-569-9778

The Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, in partnership with the National Park Service, will be hosting a seminar on the control of exotic and invasive plants in our region.  The seminar will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Big South Fork Fire Cache building on Leatherwood Road across the street from Park Headquarters.  The class will feature ecology and identification of invasive plants, various tools and treatment techniques for invasive plant control, use of native plants as alternatives to invasive plants for landscaping and gardening, planning and prioritizing for invasive plant control, instruction on calculating herbicide formulations and a demonstration on safe herbicide mixing and application techniques.

The seminar is open to the public.  Cost to attend the seminar is $5.00 for admission (to cover the cost of supplies) or $10.00 for admission plus a year-long membership to the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council.  Participants can register at the door on the day of the seminar.  The seminar will start at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m.  Doors will open for registration at 8:30 a.m. (all times are Eastern Daylight Time).  There will be a 45-minute break at 12 noon; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch as the closest place to buy food is 15 or more minutes away.  Kentucky and Tennessee pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available.

For more information, please call the park at (423) 569-9778.  

Did You Know?

Black bear now live in and around Big South Fork.

In the mid-1990's black bear were released in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to study relocation techniques and to determine whether adequate habitat existed in the area. There are now an estimated 40 - 50 bear living in and around the park. More...