UW Sheridan R&E Center to Host Invasive Weeds Summit September 6 | New

August 31, 2022

Annual grasses invade the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains across the landscape. (Photo UW)

The University of Wyoming Sheridan Research and Extension Center will host an open roundtable on Tuesday, September 6 on the management of invasive grasses, led by the Institute for Management of Annual Grasses Invading Natural Ecosystems (IMAGINE).

A statewide collaborative effort that brings together a diverse group of partner organizations, IMAGINE’s goal is to develop long-term strategies for landscape-scale invasive grass management while empowering local decision-makers.

The summit will allow these partners to share their work with each other and with the public. The focus will be on treatments, financing options, monitoring and how landowners can get involved, says IMAGINE coordinator Jaycie Arndt.

“Our goal is to provide an open discussion about annual grasses so that we can learn from each other and have a stronger concerted effort to control annual grasses,” she says.

Panelists will include stakeholders from Wyoming’s weed and pest management districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Wyoming Department of Game and Fisheries, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service.

“We’ll talk about some research findings, but it’s more about facilitating peer-to-peer learning, creating an open environment where people can discuss,” says Brian Mealor, director of IMAGINE and the Sheridan Research and Extension Center. .

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, email Arndt at jarndt1@uwyo.edu or call (307) 217-1985; or email Tanner Hart at mhart12@uwyo.edu. Participants are requested to confirm their attendance before Friday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. on September 6. For participants who cannot attend in person, visit https://uwyo.zoom.us/j/97784787501 to join remotely via Zoom at noon.

The event ends at 5:30 p.m.

To learn more about IMAGINE, visit www.wyagresearch.org/imagine or email Mealor at bamealor@uwyo.edu.

Comments are closed.