NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Green Living Series will focus this spring semester’s seminars on “Science and Management of Invasive Species.” The series will begin on Thursday, Jan. 26, with “Prioritizing, Partnering and Preventing: How One National Wildlife Refuge Approaches Invasive Plant Challenges.”

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

The Thursday, Jan. 26, lecture will be “Prioritizing, Partnering and Preventing: How One National Wildlife Refuge Approaches Invasive Plant Challenges.” It will be presented by Cynthia Boettner, who has been with the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, for more than 18 years.

That seminar will be followed on Thursday, Feb. 2, with “Success or Failure (or both): Long Term Invasive Plant Control with The Trustees,” by Julie Richburg, a regional ecologist at The Trustees of Reservations in Springfield.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, Ken Gooch, DCR Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Health Program, will present “Current Forest Health Conditions in Massachusetts.”

Chris Buelow, Massachusetts National Heritage and Endangered Species Program will offer “Invasive Plants and Managing Regional Biodiversity” on Thursday, Feb. 16. He will be followed on Thursday, Feb. 23, by Jesse Hoffman of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, with “From Rundown to Renewed: Land Restoration at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.”

On Thursday, March 2, Judith Pederson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sea Grant College Program will present “The Times They are A-Changin’: Marine Bioinvasions in the Northeast.”

The series will continue on Thursdays through April 20. Other seminars will be presented as follows:

March 9: “Restoring Ecological Integrity to Your Land: Management Strategies to Curtail Invasive Plants,” with Chris Politan, of Politan Ecological Services; Land Stewardship, Inc.

March 23: “From House Sparrows to Mute Swans: The Invasive Birds of Massachusetts,” with Andrew Vitz, of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

March 30: “The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program: Leveraging Partnerships to Model Invasive Species Prevention and Management Success,” with Brendan Quiron of The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

April 6: “ Biocontrol Control of Winter Moth and Gypsy Moth,” with Joe Elkinton from the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

April 13: “The Management of Invasive Species of Cape Cod National Seashore,” with Nita Tallent of the National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore.

April 20: “Recipe for Success: Can Eating Invasives Help Reduce Their Spread?” with Joe Roman, from the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.

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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