On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Ellsworth Garden Club will be hosting another program in its series of educational talks and workshops in support of the development of a Green Plan for the city of Ellsworth. Jesse Wheeler, Exotic Plant Management Program coordinator for Acadia National Park, will present an illustrated talk on “Invasive Aliens in Your Backyard.” He will outline the dangers presented by these invasive species to our native habitats, native wildlife and to people. He will provide a handout to help people recognize invasive species and provide examples of how they are being eliminated in Acadia National Park as well as how home and business owners can address them on their properties.
According to state of Maine legislation, it will be illegal to import, export, buy, sell or intentionally propagate 33 invasive species in the state after the end of this year. These include a large number of species that have been commonly used in public and private landscaping. Many of them are actually especially visible and identifiable right now due to their fall foliage color and/or berries. They include common and Japanese barbery, asiatic bittersweet, autumn olive, winged euonymous, glossy buckthorn and multiflora rose. While nurseries will not be able to sell the illegal species after December, existing plants in our landscape will continue to propagate and spread unless they are eradicated, so the efforts of property owners will be vital to the protection of our native habitat – and to the success of Ellsworth’s Green Plan over the next few years.
This program will be held at the Moore Community Center, 133 State St. in Ellsworth, at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend free of charge. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Mary Blackstone at 667-8878.