Be a black thumb

KEENE VALLEY - The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is hosting three free training sessions in terrestrial invasive plant management.

Experts will show how to manage troublesome invasive plants, such as Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard. Participants will learn how to identify common invasive terrestrial plants and how to apply effective management techniques on their own lands.

The training will include both presentations and field demonstrations. Landowners, landscapers, gardeners, resource managers and highway department staff are encouraged to attend.

Sessions will be held Thursday, July 25, at the Bolton Town Hall in Bolton from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (RSVP by July 18); and Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the North Elba Town Hall in Lake Placid from 1-3 p.m. (RSVP by Aug. 6). Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVP is requested to Billy Martin at (518) 576-2082 x 120 or

The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is a partnership whose mission is to protect the Adirondack region from the negative impacts of non-native invasive species. Find out more online at