The free, monthly Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science program beings at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett Ave., Salida, focused on the topic of noxious weeds and invasive species. According to the Humanists’ announcement, the topic is more than just weeds in your garden – it’s ecosystem invasion.
“Plant succession” is the term used for non-seasonal cumulative changes in the species and types of plants that occupy a given area over time. Invasive plants can invade ecosystems and alter these natural succession pathways. All land management strategies directly impact natural succession pathways as well.
The program will be presented by Kayla Malone, Noxious Weed Program supervisor for Chaffee and Lake counties. She’ll discuss the impacts that non-native, invasive species have on a landscape as well as the costs associated with non-native plant invasion. Also covered will be methods for control of invasive species and the range of ecological considerations of the impacts of these various control methods.
Malone, a passionate advocate for the implementation of integrated pest management strategies is active on a wide range of local, state and regional platforms. Her experience includes the development of invasive species management prioritization systems that incorporate metrics of current invasive species distribution, land use and potential risks.
She also works on coordination and planning of local, regional and state-level events and development, implementation, assessment and supervision of all aspects of local invasive species management programs.
CCH sponsors Sunday Science presentations on the first Sunday of each month. Each presentation features a science topic understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will be followed by a discussion and light refreshments. Donations are welcome.