Join us in Clinton for an educational workshop about turf, tree, and pesticide maintenance. Sessions will include the benefits of using compost on your fields, tree care basics and necessities for any parks professional, and honeybees and pesticide safety. Pesticide credit hours and CEUs offered pending approval. (Refund Policy)
Bellamy Recreation Center
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Check in and registration begins at 10:00am
NCRPA Member Price: $ 35.00 per person - Lunch included
NCRPA Student Member Price: $ 15.00 per person - Lunch included
Non-Member Price: $ 45.00 per person - Lunch included
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10:30am - 11:45am - Session One: What Do You Get For 5% - The Benefits of Developing a Sustainable Soil-Building Program
Presented by Gary Gittere, NC Composting Council
Rarely is there an opportunity to bring environmental and economic sustainability together than in the matching of organics recycling to the improvement in soil health. Agronomists and soil scientists have long-recognized the beneficial relationship between proper organic matter levels of 5% and improved soil health. Sports turf managers are now quantifying the economic benefits of compost use in sports turf applications. Studies now recognized how the loss of soil organic matter creates very significant economic and environmental impacts from irrigation to player safety to watershed protection. It is also widely recognized that there is an environmental and sustainability need to recycle organic waste. Through composting, these two important concerns are coming together with enormous promise.
12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm - Session Two: The Basics of Tree Care and Maintenance for Every Parks Professional
Presented by Aaron Reese, City Arborist, Wilmington Parks & Recreation
This session will discuss care and maintenance of young trees, including proper planting, mulching, and pruning. It will also look at ways to recognize stress and defects in mature trees, and when to seek help from an ISA Certified Arborist.
2:00pm - 3:15pm - Session Three: Honeybees and Pesticide Safety
Presented by Jessica Strickland, Wayne County Cooperative Extension
The session will give a review of important components to look for when reading a pesticide label. We will go through various formulations and derivation of pesticides and discuss their potential toxicity to honeybees. Lastly session will cover ways to reduce pesticide exposure around honeybees. One goal of the session is to provide a better understanding of how to read a pesticide label along with how to understand important label warnings such as environmental hazards and bee toxicity ratings. Another goal of the session is to provide awareness of how to properly handle pesticides in order to reduce pesticide exposure to honeybees.
For more information about the workshop, contact NCRPA
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