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“Exotics versus Natives: the Battle Goes on!” sponsored by the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council

The GA-EPPC, Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, invites you to the Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 6th, 2013, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The conference will be held at Middle Georgia State College,Professional Sciences Center – West Campus, Macon GA.
GA-EPPC’s goals are to focus attention on the adverse effects exotic pest plants have on the diversity of Georgia’s native plants and animals; the use of exotic pest plant management to prevent habitat loss; the socioeconomic impacts of these plants; changes in the seriousness of the different exotic pest plants over time and the need to exchange information which helps land owners and managers set priorities for exotic pest plants management.
The keynote message “The Population Biology of Exotic Species: Where is the Management Message?” will be delivered by Dr. Julie Lockwood from Rutgers University.
Our exciting program does not end there—Dr. Doria Gordon, University of Florida, will review the accuracy of risk assessments and discuss their application to species considered for bioenergy crops or other uses.  Dr. Kris Braman, University of Georgia, will talk about her research into improving the sustainability of landscape pest management through integrating natural enemies and alternative control technologies into IPM.  Eamonn Leonard will share details of Georgia Department of Natural Resources involvement in organizing coastal Georgia cooperative invasive species management areas (CISMAs). Dr. Leslie Edwards from Georgia State University will discuss her latest book “Natural Communities of Georgia”.
Vendors present at the conference will be: Trillium Gardens, Nearly Native Nursery, Georgia Forestry Commission, The Longleaf Alliance, Dow-Agro Science, Invasive Plant Control, GA-EEPC and Bugwood (Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia).
Do not miss this important educational opportunity and join us on November 6th!
Pre-registration is required Registration fee is $75 and includes lunch, refreshments, and door prizes. 4 CEU credits for each of the categories 24, 26, and 27 also will be available or 10 private credit hours. To register go to:
https://ce.mga.edu/wconnect/ace/CourseStatus.awp?&course=13FMFAEXOTIC
For more information go to: www.gaeppc.org.