Workshop to train volunteers to report invasives

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jan 22,  2014

An invasive species workshop will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, Miss, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the workshop, participants will learn to identify 40 different invasive plant species, how to use The Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth webpage and database, and early detection and rapid response steps for reporting and managing invasive plants. The data for this website is primarily input by volunteers and is used to target the management of these invasive species.   

The workshop will be taught Dr. John Madsen of the Geosystems Research Institute and Dr. Victor Maddox, Department of Plant and Soil Science, both at Mississippi State University.  Workshop partners include the Mississippi Master Naturalist Program, Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.        

To register, please email Dr. Chris Boyd at or call 228-546-1025 by Feb. 10, 2014 (space is limited). There is no cost to participate in the workshop, only a desire to learn more about invasive plants and a willingness to be a part of the solution. In addition each participant will be provided lunch, a training manual, species fact sheets, and identification cards for the 40 species. For additional information about IPAMS, visit their website at

See workshop flier


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