The physical removal of invasive plants can generate a significant volume of materials. Much of this material is bagged and sent to landfills, but is there another way to manage this material? Joe Van Rossum of the University of Wisconsin-Extension will present results from his research on the fate of garlic mustard and common buckthorn seeds placed into compost piles typical at large-scale compost facilities. The results also provide insight into the fate of invasive plant materials that may be inadvertently delivered to municipal yard waste sites.
Join Joe Van Rossum, University of Wisconsin - Extension, and Lisa Brush, The Stewardship Network as they present on this important stewardship topic.
Joe Van Rossum - Director of the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC). Mr. Van Rossum also serves as the center's Recycling Specialist and is based in Madison. In his role as Recycling Specialist Mr. Van Rossum provides technical assistance to businesses, municipalities and community groups in the area of recycling and solid waste management. He is also the current coordinator for the Wisconsin Master Composter program, which provides training and resources that individuals can use to perform composting related outreach activities.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated the Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.