Good Plants Gone Bad: Invasive Plants of Southeast Ohio

Want to learn about ways to combat nuisance plants, network with others interested in controlling invasives, and enjoy a great workshop? Try this Ohio Invasive Plants Council program. You could not ask of for a better value. The council always has well-informed experts presenting at these workshops.

Check it out:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Registration: 8:45 – 9:30 am
Workshop Program: 9:30 – noon
Lunch (provided) 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Workshop Program (cont.): 12:45 – 3:15 pm

710 Colegate Dr.
Community Room, Administration Building
Washington State Community College, Marietta, OH

-Aren’t Invasive Plants Just Weeds by Another Name?
-Breakthrough! A Biological Control for Mile-a-Minute
-Should YOU Be Part of a Cooperative Weed Management Area?
-The Story of What Happened When One Yard Went Native
-2009: The Year the Vine-that-ate-the-South Met Push-back in Ohio
-Funding Your Invasive Battle

Registration: $10.00/person, those registered by Sept. 4 receive a free lunch
Register at:

For more information please contact:
-Marilyn Ortt,, 740-373-3372
-Cheryl Coon,, 740-753-0558


Fighting Invasive Plants in Northwest Ohio

The Ohio Invasive Plants Council, a statewide group concerned about invasive plants in Ohio’s natural areas, is putting on a great workshop on July 14th. This group has been educating and informing landowners and land mangers for a number of years. They always bring in great experts and have low-cost, high-quality presentations. This workshop is being arranged in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along the shore of Lake Erie. Check it out:

A Land Manager’s Tool Kit: Fighting Invasive Plants in Northwest Ohio

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, Ohio

This workshop is designed for public land managers and private
landowners who have a basic knowledge of northwest Ohio invasive plants and are looking for ideas, methods, and partnerships to control infestations.

• At this event, you will learn about invasive plant control efforts & methods in the Oak Openings & Lake Erie marshes regions
• Successful native plant restoration efforts
• Meet with various organizations and vendors to learn about additional resources that are available to control invasives
• Learn how purple loosestrife beetles are used as a control method
• Participate in field trips, exhibits, and demonstrations

Registration is only $10 and will be collected at the door. Box lunches will be provided.

For more information and to register, please visit the Ohio Invasive Plants Council’s website at Registration will begin on June 15th.


4th Annual Garlic Mustard Pestival!

Get outside and join in the fun at the 4th Annual Garlic Mustard Pestival at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes on Saturday, May 30th. Please purchase your tickets in advanced as this event will sell out.

4th Annual Garlic Mustard Pestival Saturday, May 30th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

If you can’t beat it, eat it!

Join like minded folks for a cocktail reception including creative cuisine made with garlic mustard, an invasive, edible species that volunteers pull from the Nature Center grounds each year.

Local Chefs and their Creative Cuisine include:

Dante Boccuzzi of Dante: Leg of Lamb with Garlic Mustard Salsa Verde

Sergio Abramof of Sergio/Sarava: Chilled Gazpacho with Garlic-Mustard Pesto Swirl

Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering: Fettuccini with sauté of Garlic mustard greens, French country sausage, caramelized ramps and Mackenzie creamery goat cheese, Manodori balsamic, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil

Scott Kim of SaSa: Ceviche with Scallops, Shrimp and Red Snapper in a Japanese Garlic Mustard Citrus sauce

John Pistone of J. Pistone Market: Grilled Bay of Fundy Salmon & Garlic Mustard Aioli with Red White and Green Lentil Salad

Dessert courtesy of A Cookie and A Cupcake and Mularo’s Gourmet Ice Cream

Wines donated by Wines LLC and Beer donated by Indigo Imp Brewery.

Tickets in Advance: Member $35/Non-Member $45. Tickets at the Door: Member $40/Non-Member $50. Reservations highly recommended.

Call 216-321-5935 for more information or visit the website at Tickets purchased in advance for the Pestival can be applied toward the Cultural, Edible and Medicinal Uses of Plants in the Doan Brook hike on Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 4 p.m.


Garlic Mustard Video

Check out this interesting video about Garlic Mustard, a non-native invasive plant that is overrunning our woodlands.: garlic mustard video


Fuel from weeds?

Why not combine two of our biggest environmental issues and come up with a winning recipe? Kudzu and other non-native invasive plants represent a huge threat. Millions of acres of land are covered in these aggressive, fast growing species.

Instead of turning corn (an important source of nutrients for people and cattle) into fuel, lets use invasive plants! A fellow in Tennessee is producing something he calls Kudzunol by fermenting Kudzu-and he’s sold every drop he can make thus far.

Check out the MSNBC video:Finding new fuel sources ‘in the weeds’


2009 Stewardship Network Conference

2009 Stewardship Network Conference – The Stewardship Network: "land managers, researchers, volunteers, private contractors, ecologists, homeowners, restorationists, students, outdoor enthusiasists, nonprofit staff and volunteers, and nature lovers of all kinds…" will gather for the for 2009 conference, Practice, & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems conference."

What a great way to learn more about the care and feeding of nature. It looks like this will be a very exciting and informative gathering.