Keeping ahead of the forest invasion

Identify current, potential invasive forest pests

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CAMDEN — 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; Asian longhorned beetle, with a large host range, could be the next invader on the horizon, according to Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), in a news release.

On Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. – noon, Hildy Ellis, of SWCD, will present a program about these invaders at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, as part of their Saturday workshop series. 

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. 

The following recertification credits are pending for this program: Professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters. Category 1-CF: 2.0; and Pesticide Applicator credits by the Board of Pesticides Control: 2.0.

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 https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/index.htm.

FMI and to RSVP for this free workshop, visit www.knox-lincoln.org/invasive-forest-pests, contact Julie at 596-2040 or julie@knox-lincoln.org.

Event Date: 

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Merryspring Nature Center

Address: 

30 Conway Road
Camden  Maine
United States