2017 Non-Native Invasive Plants and Their Control

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at the Highlands Community Building

869 North Fourth Street, Highlands, NC 28741

Why are invasive species a problem? What can we do about them? Come join us to learn about invasive plants, how they affect our native communities, native garden alternatives, and how to predict and control these biological invasions. The workshop is free and open to the public unless you are seeking CEU credit. Approved for (for all day attendance and a registration fee of $50. Lunch will be provided) :

3.5 Pesticide CEUs (D G H I L N O X)

3.5 Certified Arborist CEUs

3.5 Municipal Specialist CEUs

3.0 North Carolina Landscape Contractor's CEUs

2.5 BCMA Management CEUs

1.0 BCMA Science CEU


Dr. Jim Costa, Director, Highlands Biological Station

Dr. Gary Kaufman, Botanist/Plant Ecologist USFS, Asheville, NC

Mr. Bob Gale, Ecologist, Mountain True, Asheville, NC

Mr. Russell Funderburk, Horticulturist, Highlands Biological Station

Schedule of Events

Session I: 9:30am - 10:30am

Introduction and Overview of Southern Appalachian Diversity and Threat of Invasive Species to Ecosystems (Gary Kaufman)

Session II: 10:40am - 11:40am

Biology, Mapping, and General Control of Invasive Plant Species (Bob Gale)

Session III: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Management and Replacement of Invasive Plant Species Specific to the Highlands Plateau (Russell Funderburk) 

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Q&A and closing remarks

A one time payment of $50.00 is required to receive CEU credit and can be made by check. Checks should be made out to the Laurel Garden Club. Send to:

Laurel Garden Club
Attn: Cathy Crosby
P.O. Box 142
Highlands, NC 28741

Click here to register or call Russell Funderburk at (828) 526-0188.