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Remembering Les Merhoff

22 Jan Remembering Les Merhoff

 

Leslie J. Merhoff

 

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.

http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/remembering-beloved-botanist

You can also read his obituary here:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=leslie-j-mehrhoff&pid=147490886

To learn more about he invasive species affecting New England and the Northeast please visit the following sites:

CIPWG

IPANE

RIP Les, we will continue to fight the good fight!

3 Comments
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  • joene
    Posted at 10:03h, 01 February Reply

    Les was fondly remembered this week during NOFA’s Organic Land Care Course. I’m sorry I did not have the opportunity to meet him but am grateful for his legacy.
    I loved NPR’s piece and thanks to your link I can listen again.

  • Scott
    Posted at 10:40h, 01 February Reply

    Glad you were able to enjoy it again Joene. I too am grateful for the work he did on behalf of our natives!

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