Speaker: Brian Smith
June 1 (Saturday)
2 pm - 4 pm
The Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) is a volunteer organization whose mission is to protect the genetic integrity and heritage of Long Island native plant populations and thus biodiversity from a landscape to genetic level, by establishing commercial sources of ecotypic plant materials for use in nursery, landscaping, and habitat restoration activities.
Brian Smith is Vice President of The Long Island Native Plant Initiative and a certified Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Residing in Port Jefferson, he has always been a backyard nature enthusiast and enjoys working with homeowners and organizations to bring in the same nature appreciation. He is currently presenting “Native in the Homescape” to environmental groups and libraries.
The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) is a partnership of many organizations from the geographic area that includes Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. LIISMA aims to conserve Long Island biodiversity, wildlife habitat, recreation resources, scenic quality and crop production while protecting human health and safety to reduce the threat of human-introduced invasive species that are either plant, insect or pathogen. Luke Gervase is Education and Outreach Specialist for LIISMA. Luke earned his B.S. is aquatic and fisheries science with a marine ecology minor from SUNY E.S.F and his M.S. in lake management from SUNY Oneonta. He has worked all throughout the northeast and has spent time as an aquatic biologist in the private sector, a boat steward and spent time out at sea studying marine biodiversity and conservation. Luke’s duties include organizing and leading outreach events, training and supervising **volunteers, and a wide range of field activities involving invasive species