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Fall Conference 2014

Managing Aquatic Invasive Plants:
Getting Your Feet Wet and Coming Out Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30 AM - 4 PM
Framingham State University

Fiske Pond Before PhotoFiske Pond After Photo

The above Fiske Pond (before and after) photos, are courtesy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation

Come to the conference and learn through presentations and case studies!

Water chestnut, milfoil, fanwort, curly pondweed, and other invasive aquatic plants are prevalent in many lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout the Commonwealth. They destroy habitat necessary to sustain a diverse and natural ecosystem and inhibit or prevent recreational use of natural resources.

How can we effectively control or remove the invasive plants choking our local water bodies? Presentations and case studies will introduce strategies for tackling these problems and the permit requirements for aquatic invasive species work.

Participants will come away from the conference better prepared to identify common invasive aquatic plants; better educated about “lake law” and appropriate management techniques-biological, physical and chemical; better able to develop and analyze effective, long-term management plans; and more aware of how invasive species projects can be funded.

The list of speakers and the conference agenda coming soon.

Conference registration:

  • To register online for the conference and pay by credit card or check: Click HERE
  • To register by mail for the conference and pay by credit card or check
    or if you require an invoice: Click HERE

Conference fee:

  • MACC Members $95; Non-members $120; Government Agency Employees $105;
    Full-time students $45
  • For those living or working in Metrowest Communities: MACC Members $70;
    Non-members $90; Full-time students $30 (See list of MetroWest Communities HERE)

To Exhibit at or Sponsor the Conference:

  • To exhibit at or sponsor the conference: Click HERE

The conference is funded in part by a grant from The Foundation for MetroWest

Fall Conference 2013

Invasive Plant Species: Pick Your Battles to Win!

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - Clark University, Worcester

Conference Photo

Fall Conference was a great success with more than 150 participants.

Through presentations and case studies, participants learned how land managers tackle the problems of proliferating invasive plants that are upsetting the natural ecology and how conservation commissions can permit invasive species work. Participants came away from the conference with information about exciting and new electronic tools for plant identification, examples of how invasive species projects can be funded, and with a renewed appreciation of the essential role native plants play in sustaining native wildlife populations.

The Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society, opened with a talk entitled: 21st Century Tools for Tackling Invasive Plants in Wetlands: Identify, Prioritize, Mobilize.

Proceedings of the conference are free of charge to conference participants. The proceedings are available for purchase by others. Email for more information.

The agenda is available for downloading HERE.

Click HERE, to see photos from the conference.


  • George Batchelor, Supervisor, Landscape Design, MassDOT Highway Division, Member, MIPAG
  • Eugene Benson, Executive Director, Mass Association of Conservation Commissions
  • John Burns, Administrative Coordinator for the Plant Conservation Volunteer Program, New England Wild Flower Society
  • Catherine Carney-Feldman, Ipswich Conservation Commission; Environmental Landscaper/Educator
  • Joan Deely, Operations Manager, Polatin Ecological Services, LLC
  • Michael DeRosa, Principal, DeRosa Environmental Consulting, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Farnsworth, Interim Director of Education, New England Wild Flower Society
  • Lealdon Langley, Wetlands & Waterways Program Director, MassDEP
  • Julie Richburg, Regional Ecologist, The Trustees of Reservations; Chair, Westfield River Watershed Invasive Species Partnership; Member, MIPAG
  • Wendy Sisson, Harvard Conservation Commission
  • Lou Wagner, Regional Scientist, Mass Audubon
  • Seth Wilkinson, President & Restoration Ecologist, Wilkinson Ecological Design; MACC Director
  • Sally Zielinski, Ph.D., Botanist; MACC Director


Facility Sponsor
Clark University’s Moskakowski Institute

Move Out Multiflora Rose Sponsors
DeRosa Environmental ConsultingThe Nature Conservancy

Obliterate Oriental Bittersweet Sponosrs
Bigelow Nurseries, Inc.Groundscapes ExpressMassachusetts Environmental Trust

Groundscapes ExpressNew England Wildflower SocietyPolatin Ecological Services