NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Green Living Series will focus this spring semester’s seminars on “Science and Management of Invasive Species.” The series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 2, with “Success or Failure (or both): Long Term Invasive Plant Control with The Trustees,” by Dr. Julie Richburg, a regional ecologist at The Trustees of Reservations in Springfield.

All of the lectures in this series are free and open to the public. They will take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in MCLA’s Center for Science and Innovation, in room 121.

Richburg, who serves as the chair of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, is the western regional ecologist for The Trustees, a state-wide non-profit land trust, where she works on natural resource inventory and habitat management for the 40-plus properties owned or managed by The Trustees west of Route 495, which encompasses approximately 9,000 acres.

She earned her Master of Science degree and Ph.D in forest ecology from the UMASS-Amherst, where she studied the impacts of road salt on plant species within a calcareous basin fen natural community in Stockbridge, and control of woody invasive plants using mechanical and prescribed fire treatments across the Northeast.

In 2009, Richburg organized a partnership of individuals, organizations, and agencies interested in invasive species control within the Westfield River Watershed.

This Green Living Series will continue on Thursdays through April 20.

For more information, go to or contact Dr. Daniel Shustack, or (413) 662-5301. Podcasts of the seminars will be posted online following each presentation at

The 2017 Green Living Seminar series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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