On Wednesday December 22, 2010, we lost a tireless warrior in the fight against invasive species. Leslie J. Merhoff passed away suddenly as a result of a heart attack. Les was a botanist, ecologist, teacher and founder of IPANE (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England), who also lectured about invasives. I was fortunate enough to have met him quite a few years ago after he gave a lecture on invasive plants and introduced us to IPANE. He was wonderful to speak with, friendly, patient and very willing to share the his vast knowledge of the flora of New England. This past week NPR ran a very nice piece on Les and his work. The podcast is now available on Yourpublicmedia.org. Please click on the link below to learn more about this wonderful man.
You can also read his obituary here:
To learn more about he invasive species affecting New England and the Northeast please visit the following sites:
RIP Les, we will continue to fight the good fight!