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Grow Native! Webinar: Invasive Plant Q & A with Dr. Quinn Long and Matt Arndt
February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Invasive, non-native plants threaten native biodiversity and have negative economic impacts for the timber and horticulture production, the outdoor recreation industry, and other sectors. Join invasive plant experts Dr. Quinn Long and Matt Arndt to learn more about many of these plants. Drawing from the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force’s list of 142 invasive plants in Missouri, they will answer your questions about why these plants were determined to be invasive, why some plants can be invasive in some situations, but not others, and other invasive plants not on the list.
Dr. Quinn Long is Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve, which is a regional leader in the fields of native plant horticulture, ecological restoration, and environmental education. Dr. Long received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas. His research interests include fire ecology, invasive species, ethnobotany, rare plant conservation, and restoration of grasslands and woodlands. Prior to serving as Director of Shaw Nature Reserve, he worked within the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development to research, conserve, and restore rare plant species of the Lower-Midwest and Mid-South. As a restoration practitioner he has over 20 years of experience working on his family property near Hermann, MO.
Matt Arndt is a Consulting Forester and Arborist, and is the owner of Matt’s Healthy Woods & Wildlife. He carries certifications from both the Society of American Foresters and the International Society of Arboriculture. In addition to his full-time Forestry work, Matt also has side businesses in native seed production and custom web development. He has served as President of the Missouri Consulting Foresters Association since 2013, and is the vice-chair of the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force. He also serves on the Natural Resources Subcommittee of the NRCS State Technical Committee, the Missouri Farm Bureau Forestry Advisory Committee, and the Cameron Park Board.