Copper Country News | Thursday Webinar: Managing Invasive Plants in Arizona

Non-native invasive plants have been described as an uncontrollable and rapidly spreading “biological forest fire”. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has an invasive plant program that includes a grant opportunity and a web map for prioritizing invasive plant treatment; Thursday morning at 11 a.m., a presentation will focus on the challenges and opportunities of invasive plant management in Arizona. The free weekly online forums hosted by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County do not require pre-registration. Customers are encouraged to log in up to 10 minutes before the start of the process at A simple and convenient way to connect is to use the direct “click here” links at, where you can also check out dozens of topics from past Thursday webinars, ranging from tilling the soil to gardening. winter, container gardening and more. University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension Officer Chris Jones hosts this popular series, and the Cooperative Extension website has an array of links to programs, lectures, and resources. There are also links posted weekly on Facebook, where you can join Chris Jones and a network of Gila County gardeners at Want to be added to an email invitation list for these gardening and horticulture workshops? Call Chris Jones, Extension Officer, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension at (928) 402-8586 or email [email protected]
The guest speaker will be Invasive Plant Program Coordinator Willie Sommers of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. With a master’s degree in course management from the University of Arizona and an undergraduate degree in environmental resources from Arizona State University, he participates in several collaborative groups such as the Lower Gila River Collaborative, the Lower San Pedro Collaborative and the Arizona Cross Watershed Network. He also sits on the board of directors of the Southwest Vegetation Management Association. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, hiking, landscaping and volunteering.

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