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Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter recipient of the 2014 Seth B. Atwood Award for Parks and Conservation in the Organzational category by the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District!

Our Next Event:

Thursday, October 15, 2015 7:00 p.m.:

Fighting Invasive Species in Native Landscapes

SpaidMia Spaid, Special Projects Manager, Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Program

Invasive plants are a major problem in residential gardens and native habitats. Our October program will focus on how to identify invasive plants and what todo to manage them in our native landscapes. Mia Spaid, Special Projects Manager for the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) will provide an overview of what invasive plants are, their impact on the environment, common species found in our region, and some native alternatives gardeners can use in their place. NIIPP is a cooperative weed management initiative for the northern Illinois region, visit their website.

Spaid encourages gardeners to think at an ecosystem level rather than a backyard level and to realize that their actions have an impact on the larger landscape. This can be a positive impact when native plants are planted because they provide a variety of benefits to both humans and wildlife that exotic species cannot provide.

We meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC). Look for the signs. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse merchandise, check out the lending library and Wild Ones information booth. This program is free and open to the public.