Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council

11th Annual Southeast EPPC Conference

Creating Sustainable Landscapes for the Future

Georgetown, South Carolina - May 13-15, 2009

Conference Presentations - NEW

List of Participants




Silent Auction Items

Sponsorship Flyer

Clemson      NPS      USFS      TNC

Plenary Speakers


Think Locally, Act Neighborly
Kathy O’Reilly-Doyle, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, U.S .Fish and Wildlife Service

Public and private land managers have identified the high ecological and economic cost of invasive species. Coordinated efforts serve to protect our valuable conservation areas, public lands and private lands from the continuing colonization of invasive species across the landscape. Learn about innovative approaches to increase your effectiveness and decrease costs by developing partnerships, recruiting motivated people and pooling time, talent and resources with your neighbors.


Effective Partnerships in Georgetown County, SC -
To Err is Human, To Repair takes Cooperation

Jack Whetstone, Belle Baruch, Clemson University

The Georgetown area is blessed with great ecological diversity, and this wonderful diversity has led to an influx of visitors, including unwanted exotic plant species ranging from terrestrial to aquatic invaders. Local, grassroots, and public-private partnerships have formed to advance comprehensive control/eradication programs through systematically developing control protocols, determining the extent of coverage of the invasive species, conducting demonstrations of potential control methods and developing both control and cost-share programs for private and public landowners. Multiple public-private cooperative funding programs including federal, state, local and private sources combined together to target the control of several exotic plant species on a landscape basis.


Sense and Sustainability- The Impact of Ornamental Nurseries on Native, Exotic and Invasive Species
Kari Whitley, Scout Horticultural Consulting

Large wholesale nurseries, plant breeders and landscape architects determine the plants that are available for use in our landscapes. Kari Whitley, owner of Scout Horticultural Consulting, will talk about plants currently being offered and which ones are potentially invasive. In addition, Kari will look at the exciting new selection of native plants that are becoming more available in the nursery industry. Ways to educate growers, reach legislators, and encourage consumers to plant wisely will also be discussed.

Concurrent Sessions and Panel Discussion

Hotel Information:

Quality Inn & Suites
210 Church Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 546-5656
$79.00 per night
Symposium on site

Thursday Field Trips

Bell Baruch and Hobcaw Barony – Low country setting for research on common reed, Chinese tallow, beach vitex, and success of the beach vitex task force on Georgetown county beaches

Francis Marion National Forest – Efforts to control Japanese climbing fern and cogongrass in cooperation with the State cogongrass task force among longleaf pine ecosystems supporting a rich diversity of plants and animals.

Mepkin abbey and Mepkin Gardens – Treatments for control of non-native invasive plants parasol tree and Chinese Wisteria, and programs to develop native seed sources, within a rich cultural setting.

Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge – Visit one of many barrier islands in South Carolina and learn of challenges to control Chinese tallow.

Historic Plantations/Historic Landscapes – Mansfield Plantation and Hampton Plantation State Historic Site – Invasive plant control treatment and strategies on common reed. Chinese wisteria and other invasive plants on historic rice field plantation properties.

Wednesday Night - Poster Session, Silent Auction and Social

Silent Auction - includes items from local Georgetown businesses, artwork, books, nature and kayak tours, gardening accessories, native plants, and more.
6PM - 8PM
Drinks and light appetizers provided.

Thursday Night - Low Country Boil @ Belle Branch

Once eleven plantations, the property was owned by Bernard Baruch, native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier, he and other millionaires hunted ducks, deer and wild turkeys throughout the 17,500 acres.

6PM - 9PM
Live Music by Jeff Norwood, blues singer

Contact for Posters and Abstracts Submissions: Meredith Malone

Vendor and Sponsorship Contact: Brenda Davis

General Information: Robin Mackie