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ASHLAND — Would you know the difference between a milfoil and wild parsnip? Garlic mustard and buckthorn? When it comes to conservation, the more you know, the more you can make a difference. 

On Friday, July 12, there will be an invasive species identification day at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland with activities from 1 to 4 p.m.

At 1 p.m. Linda Parker, forest ecologist for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, will present a program called “Double Jeopardy: Climate Change and Invasive Species,” describing how climate change may amplify the impacts of invasive species in Northern Wisconsin.

Marjory Brzeskiewicz, botanist for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, will present “What, my plants are illegal?” at 1:30 p.m. This program will share what plants are considered a threat to the state and best management practices for gardens, parks and urban forests. 

From 2 to 4 p.m. bring in any plants you would like help identifying to see if they might be invasive species. Specialists will be on hand to meet one-on-one. 

There will be interpretive displays and opportunities to see a variety of invasive species to learn how to identify them.

Invasive species identification day is being sponsored by the Bayfield County Land & Water Conservation Department, Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area; Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, USDA Forest Service’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Ashland/Bayfield County Master Gardener Association and Northland College.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is located at 29270 Highway G, Ashland.

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