CURWENSVILLE – A presentation titled, “The Past, Present and Future of Invasive Species in Pennsylvania,” will be held next month in Curwensville.
It will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Curwensville Community Center. The center is located at 11 Stadium Dr., (adjacent to the football stadium).
The presentation is open to any age and will be held before the Clearfield County Senior Environment Corps (SEC) monthly meeting.
Featured speakers will be Eli DePaulis, Gunnar Emberg and Lachell Wholaver, Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology students who will focus on the most destructive species.
For insects, they will cover species like the emerald ash borer, hemlock wooly adelgid, spotted lanternfly and Asian long-horned beetle.
The students will also cover plants like the Japanese stiltgrass, autumn olive, honeysuckle, tree-of-heaven, knotweed and mile-a-minute.
The first part of their presentation will be the history of invasive species and routes of introduction. Other species may be added, if time permits. Natural gas drilling as a vector for invasive plants will be covered in detail.
This presentation will cover how invasive species became established in Pennsylvania, what is currently being done to combat invasive species in Pennsylvania and what the future of invasive species looks like in Pennsylvania.
Mechanical and chemical treatments for invasive species will be discussed, as well as ways that individuals can join the fight against invasive species.
Guests are invited to come early for free coffee and donuts.