Forest stewardship workshop on exotic plant control Jan. 11

January 3, 2012

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Host Live Site:
Okaloosa Extension Office, $10: Crestview, (850) 689-5850

Video Conference Sites:
Escambia Extension Office, $10: Cantonment, (850) 475-5230
Walton Extension Office, $10: DeFuniak Springs, (850) 892-8172
Calhoun Extension Office, $15: Blountstown, 674-8323
Jefferson Extension Office, $15: Monticello, 342-0187
Leon Extension Office, $15/$25 with CEUs: Tallahassee, 606-5200
Gadsden Extension Office, $10/$15 with CEUs: Quincy, 875-7255
Franklin Extension Office, $10: Apalachicola, 653-9337

Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Units and SAF CFEs available. The registration cost will cover the cost of lunch and materials. Please pre-register by Monday, January 9. For more information, please contact Brooke Saari, Okaloosa/Walton County Extension or Sheila Dunning, Okaloosa County Extension, call 689-5850 or email

Some exotic plants are invasive weeds that form expanding populations on our landscape, making management for timber, wildlife and other benefits a challenge. These invasive exotic plants can displace native plants and associated wildlife, and can affect fire and water flow. The rapid and effective dispersal characteristics of these invaders make them extremely difficult to eliminate. This program will describe some of the more common and troublesome invasive exotic plants in northwest Florida and current methods being used to control them.

Agenda: 9 a.m. Sign-in, meet & greet
9:15 a.m. – Welcome & Introduction, Sheila Dunning, Extension Agent, UF-IFAS Okaloosa County Extension and Chris Demers, Forest Stewardship Coordinator, UF-IFAS School of Forest Resources & Conservation
9:25 a.m. – Herbicide safety and application techniques, Sheila Dunning
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – How herbicides work: modes of action, selectivity and mobility, Dr. Patrick Minogue, Assistant Professor, UF-IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center
11:20 a.m. Local invasive exotic plants, animals, and controls, Sheila Dunning and Brooke Saari, Extension Agents, UF-IFAS Okaloosa County Extension; Andrew Lee, Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
12:10 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – Six Rivers CISMA and field demonstrations
3 p.m. – Evaluation, CEUs, and adjourn
Register: A $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Please register on-line at Those without Internet access can reserve a space by contacting the Okaloosa County Extension Office at (850) 689-5850.

Tel: (850) 689-5850
Directions: From I-10, take Exit #56, SR-85, and go north toward Crestview. Turn left (west) on US-90 and go approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Old Bethel Road. Go about 1/2 mile farther. The Extension Office is on the right.