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Ecologist Honored For ‘Weed Warrior’ Program

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Montgomery County ecologist is a weed warrior, and she wants you to be one as well.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay have honored ecologist Carole Bergmann for creating the Weed Warrior program, which trains volunteers to eliminate invasive plant species.

County officials say the program has trained more than 700 volunteers, who assist park staff in finding and removing invasive plants. Volunteers receive two hours of field training with a forest ecologist and complete an online course. The training consists of plant identification, removal and control techniques.

Other programs recognized include a Pennsylvania program to restore buffer areas along forest streams and a Virginia sustainable forestry project.

Montgomery County Weed Warrior Program: http://tinyurl.com/bskub3p

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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