COLLINSVILLE – Registrations are now being taken for the 2023 Gateway Green Conference on Wednesday, March 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.

The educational program will feature three tracks: building sustainable landscapes, conservation stewardship and tree care. Registration is $80 per person. There is a discounted rate for active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists.

Sessions will include:

• Our woody plants face many challenges: The bleakness of pest management; Fredric Miller, Professor of Horticulture, Joliet Junior College

• Tips and techniques for trail building; Alyssa Macuiba, Wilderness Technician and Volunteer Coordinator, Shawnee National Forest

• Resilient landscapes; Christopher Carl, artist-designer-builder, Studio Land Arts

• Dealing with girdle roots and other underground issues; Mark Grueber, Community Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation

• Planning and Implementation of Prescribed Burning; Kevin Rohling, Forestry Research Technician, University of Illinois Extension

• Birds to swoon your garden: Wildlife benefits of native shrubs; Kim Rohling, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension

• Pesticide considerations beyond reading the label; Elizabeth Wahle, Commercial Agriculture Educator, University of Illinois Extension

• Exploration of the integration practices for improving soil health; Nathan Johanning, Commercial Agriculture Educator, University of Illinois Extension.

Continuing education units to maintain a variety of certifications are also available. This event is open to the general public.

For more information contact Sarah Ruth at 618-344-4230.

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