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Weed Wizards: Demystifying Forestry Herbicides

Season 2 | Episode 2 | February 15, 2021

Silviculture is all about managing forest vegetation, but sometimes that vegetation does not want to be managed! Whether that is controlling invasive shrubs like buckthorn, releasing seedlings from reed canary grass, or preventing the spread of garlic mustard, control over some “weeds” seems like an exercise in frustration. Enter forestry herbicides: the sometimes maligned, confusing, ever-changing, but often necessary tool in our silviculture toolbox. In this episode of SilviCast we will start to demystify the confusing world of forestry herbicides with two Lake States experts who have decades of practical field experience: Rick Schulte of Nutrien Solutions and Lee Shambeau of 4-Control Inc.




Richard Schulte

Nutrien Solutions

Rick was born and raised in Marshfield, Wis., and attended UW-Stevens Point for a biology emphasis and botany degree and graduated in 1986. He started selling herbicides in 1991 in the vegetation management area, which is forestry, utility and highway markets. 

Lee Shambeau

Owner, 4 Control Inc.

Lee has been involved in vegetation management for 35 years. 4 Control specializes in invasive and vegetation control throughout the Midwest by use of herbicides. 4 Control treats more than 2,000 miles of utility right-of-ways and more than 2,000 acres of invasives annually. Some of the agencies they have contracted with include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin DNR and DOT, numerous counties,  townships and organizations.

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