Invasive Plant Conference: Paths to Restoration Success


July 31, 2013 - August 01, 2013


National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia


Morris Arboretum/MId-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council


Day One, Wednesday, July 31 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction: Celebrating Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council’s (MAIPC) 14th Anniversary Jil Swearingen, MAIPC President and IPM Invasive Species Biologist, National Park Service, National Capital Region 8:45 a.m. Keynote address: How Will Climate Change Affect the Invasion and Management of Non-native Plants? Betsy Von Holle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida 9:45 a.m. Break 10:00 a.m. Restoration Successes: Forest, Floodplain, and Meadow Projects—Before and After Carole Bergmann, Forest Ecologist/Field Botanist, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission 10:30 a.m. Invasive Species Control Strategies and Forest Restoration Projects…Getting the Biggest Bang for your Buck Michael Van Clef, Ph.D., President, Ecological Solutions 11 a.m. Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool for Historic Landscape Maintenance Ed Wenschhof, Chief Ranger, Antietam National Battlefield 11:30 a.m. Question & Answer Session 12 noon Lunch 1:30 p.m. Invasive Species Control and Prescribed Fire to Sustain the Eastern Oak Forest James Remuzzi, President and Founder, Sustainable Solutions, LLC 2 p.m. Assessment of Plant Community Restoration Following Tree-of-Heaven Control by the Fungus Verticillium albo-atrum Norris Muth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Juniata College 2:30 p.m. Integrating Biological Control and Native Plantings to Restore Sites Invaded by Mile-a-Minute Weed in the Mid-Atlantic Judith Hough-Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware 3 p.m. Break 3:15 p.m. Restoration of a Xeric Limestone Prairie in West Virginia Mike Powell, Land Manager, The Nature Conservancy 3:45 p.m. Steep Slope Invasive Plant Management and Native Plant Restoration at Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington Scenic Byway and the Nine Mile Run Brownfield Redevelopment Site John K. Buck, Soil Scientist/Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. 4:15 p.m. Question & Answer Session 4:45 p.m. Adjourn 5:30 p.m. Social Hour in Lounge Day Two, Thursday, August 1 9 a.m. Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council Business Meeting: Current Projects and Plans Jil Swearingen, President, MAIPC 9:40 a.m. Developments and Innovations for the Mid- Atlantic Early Detection Network (MAEDN) Jil Swearingen, President, MAIPC 10 a.m. Break 10:15 a.m. Outdoor Session Using Mobile Technology to Enhance Your Invasive Species Management Program Steve Manning, President, Invasive Plant Control, Inc. 11:30 a.m. Lunch 1 p.m. Invasive Plants and Pollinators: Enhancing Ecosystem Services in Restoration Matthew J. Sarver, Owner, Sarver Ecological, LLC 1:30 p.m. Seed is a Critical Natural Resource— Managing the Seed Resources of the Mid-Atlantic Edward Toth, Director, Greenbelt Native Plant Center 2 p.m. Coaxing Native Meadow Out of the Weeds: Maybe It’s More About “Process” than “Result” Chris Bright, President of the Earth Sangha 2:30 p.m. Summary Comments and Question & Answer Session 3:15 p.m. Adjourn Complete descriptions for each session, speaker bios, overnight accommodation information and directions are available at The conference carries a variety of continuing education units. Pesticide recertification credits are available for many states. For a complete list go to