Public is invited to a discussion about invasive plants and how to help address the problem


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Non-native pampas grass invades a hillside in the King Range. Photo by the BLM. ARCATA, Calif. – The public is invited to attend a free discussion about non-native invasive plants – their impact on biodiversity and what people can do to address the issue – on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m., at the Healy Center, 456 Briceland Road, in Redway.

Michele Forys, who leads the Invasive Species Management Program for California State Parks North Coast Redwoods District, will lead the presentation.  She will discuss the challenges facing natural resource managers, the invasive species management program in her state parks district, and ways everyone can work to restore and protect native habitats.

Forys holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Humboldt State University and has worked for California State Parks since 1996.  She has served as a park aide, seasonal biologist and environmental scientist.  In addition to her lead responsibilities in the invasive species program, Forys oversees vegetation monitoring programs, western azalea management and the natural resources volunteer program.

Her discussion is part of an ongoing series presented by the Lost Coast Interpretive Association, which provides environmental education information to the southern Humboldt region.  Partners in the series are the Bureau of Land Management King Range National Conservation Area and the King Range Alliance.

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