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AEC hosts Right of Way Workshop in Lancaster

Posted: September 21, 2015

Right of Way Management Workshop held to educate pesticide applicators, homeowners, public works staff, and others on best management practices for managing the land.
Attendees at the Right of Way workshop

Attendees at the Right of Way workshop

On August 28th, Penn State’s Agriculture and Environment Center (AEC) and the Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium hosted a Right of Way Management Workshop. Right of ways are pieces of land that may run through property, along roads, or in other public and private places that are owned by someone other than the property owner that need to be maintained. A right of way could exist because of a gas line or some other utility. Managers of these right of ways are responsible for maintaining this land and it often means managing invasive plants with pesticides.

The Right of Way Management Workshop was designed to educate pesticide applicators, homeowners, public works staff, and others on best management practices for managing the land. The workshop consisted of four speakers: Joe Lentz, Vice President of ArborChem Products Co.; Todd Hagenbuch, Vegetation Management Specialist, ArborChem Products Co.; James Kreider, Director of Field Operations at Landstudies; and Bill Riden, Pesticide Education Specialist at Penn State Extension. Participants learned about the history of herbicide use, invasive plants and how to control them, benefits of native plants and green infrastructure, and how to keep pesticides out of ground water.

Participants commented that the speakers' presentations were incredibly informative. The AEC hopes to continue to provide experiences like this to homeowners and agencies to continue to aid in education about land use and other environmental issues.