DAMARISCOTTA — Invasive forest pests like emerald ash borer (EAB), hemlock woolly adelgid are already having devastating impacts on Maine’s forests. Browntail moth is affecting human health as well as tree health., according to Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), in a news release.
Asian longhorned beetle, with a large host range could be the next invader on the horizon, said SWCD.
On Tuesday, Sept 17, from 10 a.m. – noon, Hildy Ellis of SWCD, will present a program about these invaders at Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust’s Round Top Farm at 3 Round Top Lane (off Main St) in Damariscotta.
Using slides and an outdoor tree ID walk, this workshop will help landowners and users, as well as landscape and forestry professionals, learn to:
identify current and potential invasive forest pests and their host species,
understand the threats to our forests and woodlands posed by these pests,
limit their spread, and
how to report suspected pest sightings or damage to trees that may be a result of pest infestations
All participants will receive an information packet with fact sheets about the major pest species, a list of host trees that the species may be found on, how to make decisions about treatment, current quarantine information for EAB in Maine, and other relevant information. Pesticide Applicator recertification credits (2.0 hrs) have been confirmed by the ME Board of Pesticides Control for this program; Professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.
Category 1-CF: 2.0 are pending.
Knox- Lincoln SWCD, a member of the Maine Association of Conservation Districts, is presenting Invasive Forest Pest Outreach Programs through a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Materials are funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement from the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. More information about invasive forest pests in Maine may be found at www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/index.htm.