On March 23, 2016

Learn the importance of helping to flourish native plants in women’s workshop

Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. — POULTNEY — The public is  invited to attend the upcoming “Women Owning Woodlands! Native Plant Workshop” being held Saturday, April 2 at Green Mountain College from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why do invasive plants pose serious problems for woodlands owners? Why should you consider planting native plants? How does biodiversity impact me? These and many more questions are the center of the next Women Owning Woodlands workshop. Through a discussion on native plant alternatives, and a visit to the Green Mountain College native plant nursery, participants will consider the important role woodland owners play in protecting the things held dear: land, biodiversity, and much more.

Join Kathleen Wanner, Vermont Woodland Association, and Elizabeth Spinney, Invasive Plant Coordinator for Vermont Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation, to learn about the impact that common invasive plants like honeysuckle, buckthorn, barberry, have on native plants, and gain specific resources to help native plants flourish on your own land.

Whether age 16 or 60+, a sole owner or partner, own woodland by choice or circumstance, know something or nothing about caring for the woods, but want to meet others and learn, then join the Women Owning Woodlands workshop. The changing landowner demographic is not unique to Vermont but rather a national phenomenon and the program was developed to address the needs of women woodland owners.

Meet other women interested in fully embracing the experience of woodland ownership. The day will include indoor and outdoor sessions. Outdoor sessions will be held rain or shine so dress for the weather.

The workshop will be held in Withey Hall, East Room at Green Mountain College, 1 Brennan Circle, Poultney.

About the Location: Green Mountain College sits on 155 acres in Poultney, Vermont, and is close to the Green Mountain National Forest and to hundreds of acres of local preserves and parks. The College fosters the ideals of environmental and personal responsibility, civic engagement, entrepreneurial spirit, and global understanding.

Cost of the program is $15 to help defray expenses and pre-registration is required by March 29. Morning beverages and snacks will be provided. Lunch will be available in Chartwell Cafeteria for $7 or bring a bag lunch.

To register, complete the registration form available at www.vermontwoodlands.org/workshops.asp. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged to secure a spot. Directions are available on the registration form.

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