The Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust will host a landscape management  workshop! This workshop regarding land stewardship issues will take place Feb 4th at Historic Locust Grove (561 Blankenbaker Lane).

Why a landscape management workshop?

The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy have estimated that costs of invasive plant and animals species have on the U.S economy is roughly $120 dollars a year! In total, an area roughly the size of California suffers from invasive plant infestations.

Where did this problem come from?

These harmful invaders spread at astonishing rates. Such infestations of invasive plants and animals negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, water quality, public utility operations, tourism, outdoor recreation, and the overall health of ecosystems.

Are the invasive species in Kentucky? 

Kentucky and Louisville have their share of invasive plants which are evident in parks, school yards, street and highways, private yards, and vacant lots. The workshop will take a look at the problem and how various agencies, nonprofit organizations and individuals are addressing it.

Who should attend the workshop? 

Whether the land you care about is a small residential yard in the city, a suburban lawn, a working farm, a scenic estate or a public park, chances are there are invasive plants that detract from the ecological and historic integrity of the land. It can be a daunting task to tackle an invasive plant removal and landscape restoration project. This workshop will give you the resources, knowledge and inspiration to get started,” said Lisa Hite, planning manager for Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation.

In essence… anyone who is interested in helping keep Kentucky healthy of these invasive species should attend!

What will happen at the workshop and what will it cost me?

Speakers will report on the latest research, lessons learned and future plans for invasive plant management, ecological restoration, healthy tree canopy and historic landscape management . 

All sessions will include discussion and practical considerations for landowners who have questions about how to improve their own piece of the earth or those who want to help the on-going work in public parks and preserves.

Cost of the workshop is $35 for regular attendees and $15 for students and includes a box lunch. Reservations are required by January 30. To download the registration form, click here. call (502) 574-PARK (7275) or e-mail for more information.