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Invasive Species Research Institute seeking volunteers

Friday, January 18, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

INVASIVE SPECIES
RESEARCH INSTITUTE

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Invasive Species Research Institute seeking volunteers

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Invasive Species Research Institute (ISRI) at Algoma University is currently working on a project to survey and map the prevalence of invasive terrestrial plants in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding communities.

The knowledge gained will help protect natural ecosystems and local forest-based industries.

Volunteers are needed to conduct surveys and to assist with the development of invasive species management teams in the following communities: Sault Ste. Marie, Goulais River, Desbarats, Heyden, Bruce Mines, St. Joseph Island, Havilland, Echo Bay, and Thessalon

No experience is necessary - training will be provided for all volunteers.

ISRI will be offering practical workshops in the spring.

Custom training sessions for interested groups can also be arranged.

Two events are currently scheduled:

Drop-in Information Session
Date: Wednesday, January 23
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Sault College, Room M1030

Details: Drop-in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. to learn more about the project and the different volunteer opportunities available. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Introductory Workshop
Date: Wednesday, February 6
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Algoma University, Room BT203 (in the ESSAR Convergence Centre)

Details: A 1 hour introductory workshop for new and potential volunteers. We invite you to come learn more about the project and the volunteer opportunities available. There will also be a brief introduction to the invasive plants being surveyed. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please contact Kim Mihell to register.

If you are interested in the project but are unable to attend either session, please contact Kim Mihell for more information and to be added to the mailing list.

Spring training sessions will be announced once scheduled.

Contact

Kim Mihell, volunteer coordinator
Invasive Species Research Institute
1520 Queen St. East, RM BT 300
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2G4
E-Mail: mihell@algomau.ca
Ph: 705-949-2301 x1054

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