Invasive Species Identification & Control Presentation

Oriental Bittersweet

Have you ever wondered why certain plants in your yard keep coming back even after they’ve been removed multiple times? Most likely it’s one of the many invasive plant species found in our area. Vicki Sawicki, Program Coordinator for North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NCCISMA) will share her knowledge about some of the aggressive invasive plants in the Ludington area and how they can be controlled. The main focus will be on Oriental Bittersweet, Japanese Knotweed and Tree of Heaven. Vicki has been working in invasive species since her master’s thesis on purple loosestrife, completed in 1998 at Binghamton University in New York. She worked in invasive species control and habitat restoration for the U.S. Forest Service in Baldwin, before becoming the coordinator for North Country CISMA.