NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Green Living Series will continue to offer seminars on “Science and Management of Invasive Species” on Thursday, Feb. 23, with “From Run Down to Renewed: Land Restoration at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve,” by Jesse Hoffman,  preserve steward and botanist with the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission in Albany, N.Y.

All of the lectures in this series are free and open to the public. They take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121.

Hoffman, a lifelong botanist, oversees much of the on-the-ground conservation and recreation work at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

This includes supervision of seasonal staff and coordination of several groups of long- and short-term volunteers, who help him to ensure that the trails system is maintained, boundaries are posted, native seed is collected, invasive species are located and eradicated, and habitat is restored throughout the Pine Bush.

Hoffman earned his bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he focused on applied ecology.

This Green Living Series will continue on Thursdays through April 20.

For more information, go to or contact Dr. Daniel Shustack, or (413) 662-5301. Podcasts of the seminars will be posted online following each presentation at

The 2017 Green Living Seminar series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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