The ongoing Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management Stewardship Series of webinars continues Nov. 4 with “Aquatic Vegetation Management.” The hour-long Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program starts at noon.
The cost is $35, and participants must preregister at https://tx.ag/Nov4Registration. Upon completion of registration and payment, participants will receive an email with two attachments — a receipt and a registration confirmation. At the end of the registration confirmation are instructions on how to access the webinar.
There is one Texas Department of Agriculture general continuing education unit available.
Common mistakes, unique considerations
The expert speaker for this webinar is Brittany Chesser, AgriLife Extension aquatic vegetation program specialist in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Bryan-College Station.
This presentation will address common mistakes that are made when mechanically, biologically or chemically managing algae or aquatic plants, which may compound problems and negatively impact a pond’s ecosystem or result in ineffective treatment.
“The webinar will cover the top management mistakes, primarily revolving around incorrectly identifying plant species and not accounting for site-specific factors when choosing a management plan or integrated pest management strategy,” she said.
Management of aquatic vegetation species varies greatly from terrestrial plant management and has many unique considerations including water chemistry and water flow. Chesser will also cover the issues surrounding over treating, under treating and unrealistic management expectations.
“In my role as the statewide specialist, I deal with a wide variety of clientele and aquatic vegetation species that have become problematic,” Chesser said. “However, there are several common mistakes regarding management that I repeatedly see made by landowners, regardless of where they are in the state. This webinar focuses on helping landowners avoid those mistakes.”