Date: June 22,
Location: James Kipp Recreation Area (Wood Bottom as a backup location)
Instructor: Noelle Orloff, Associate Extension Specialist at Montana State University
Spots available: 12
About: The Missouri Breaks region offers unique opportunities to explore native plant communities and to discuss emerging invasive plant issues. In this one-day workshop, we will focus on learning plant identification skills including grass and forb identification basics and key characteristics to look for to identify certain plant families. Participants will be introduced to some useful plant identification smartphone apps and have an opportunity to try them in the field. Participants are also encouraged to bring their favorite plant identification resources to introduce to the group. Finally, invasive plant issues specific to the Missouri Breaks will be discussed, and participants will be introduced to potential new invaders to watch for in this region of Montana.
At MSU, Noelle Orloff focuses on weed science in the Schutter Diagnostic Lab. One of her responsibilities in the lab is identifying plants submitted by growers, ranchers and homeowners and providing management recommendations if needed. Another is diagnosing herbicide injury of crops and ornamental plants. Past research pursuits have included investigating the ecology and management of invasive annual grasses, perennial weed control in organic and diversified cropping systems, and exploring rangeland plant community response to weed control measures. She received her M.S. in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University.