It takes little time for Cheri Brunault to find invasive plants in Sewell Woods, a conservation property in North Bath owned by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. Just a few steps from the entrance to the woods off Whiskeag Road is a healthy patch of multiflora rose, the clusters of petite white flowers shooting off the thorny canes.

Like the other invasive plants found on a recent trek in Sewall Woods, these types of roses were brought to the area many years ago as ornamental plants in gardens, but quickly spread into the wild, crowding out other plants and trees and destroying food sources of native animals.

Now KELT and others are trying to pare back the invasive. 

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District are partnering to hold three free educational workshops focused on invasive plant management. These programs will provide residents and property managers across the region with information to support identifying, managing and eradicating the harmful plants.  

The first program is at 10 a.m. on July 14. 

At Butler Head Preserve in Bath, Cheri Brunault will introduce participants to a number of invasive plants that can be found in local forests and fields.  She will also share information about some of the methods KELT is using to manage these plants. 

This is a light rain or shine event and registration is strongly encouraged at kennebecestuary.org or 442-8400.

The other two programs will be held later this summer. A program on Aug. 25 will focus on statewide invasive plant monitoring and management efforts, and a program on September 16 will demonstrate methods that can be used to treat invasive plants using manual or chemical means. 

If you are interested in finding out more about invasive plants, visit maine.gov/dacf/mnap/features/invasive_plants/invasives.htm.