Invasive Species - Virtual Classroom

Date: 6/22/2021 9:00 AM - 6/22/2021 11:00 AM

Location: Virtual





Course Description:

We’ll tackle invasive species of the insect and plant kind.  Learn about spotted lanternfly and other invasive insects you may encounter in the course of your work and how you can identify and report what you find!

Vegetation can impact the roadside right of way.  This presentation will discuss several invasive plants and other types of vegetation commonly found in the roadside right of way.  The management of right of way vegetation in Massachusetts is governed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources under 333 CMR 11 - Rights of way management.  A brief overview of 333 CMR 11 will be provided.


Target Audience:

Anyone involved with, or manages, landscaping, mowing, tree cutting and debris removal, will benefit from this course.


Accommodations for Disabilities: UMTC endeavors to provide an inclusive learning environment for all. If you require special services or arrangements to fully participate in this workshop, please contact Stephanie Cottrell at or 413-800-2655 as soon as possible to discuss reasonable accommodations for your access needs.

First Name Affiliation
Barry Town of Barnstable
Heather Town of Buckland
christine NYSDOT Region 1 Operations
Brad Town of Barnstable
Dennis Town of Westborough
Michael Town of Barnstable
Chris Town of Southwick
Andrew Town of Westborough
Dan Town of Barnstable
Tyler Town of Barnstable
Brian Town of Sherborn
Aaron Town of Concord
Tom MA Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
David Town of Berlin
  • Joshua Bruckner
    Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator at MA Department of Agricultural Resources
    Joshua Bruckner has been at MDAR for five years and is the current Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator. He attended Clark University and holds a master’s in biology.
  • Randy Prostak
    UMass Extension Specialist at University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)
    Randy Prostak joined UMass in 1994 and has been a UMass Extension Specialist since 2000 where he specializes in weed management.  He is a member of the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Team and is an active contributor to the Crop Dairy Livestock Equine, Turf, and Pesticide Education Extension Programs.  He currently serves on the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group.  Randy is an active member of the Weed Science Society of America and served as president of the Northeastern Weed Science Society.  In February 2013, Randy received the Northeastern Weed Science Society’s Outstanding Educator Award.  The 2021 growing season will mark Randy’s 33rd year working in weed science.