Invasive Forest Insect Outreach Volunteer Training

 

Lewiston, Maine April 1, 2015: People interested in learning how to recognize invasive tree pests, and who are interested in protecting our natural resources and people working in the wood products industry should attend this training at the USDA Service Center at 254 Goddard Road in Lewiston, which is being offered in partnership by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry with Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District. The purpose for this workshop is to train people to recognize, report and to spread awareness about the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the emerald ash borer (EAB), and hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and other invasive tree pests. Participants will learn how to disseminate information to the public to help spread awareness. The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per person to cover the costs for lunch. Pre-registration is required and must be received no later than March 25. No refunds are given without a notice given by March 27. In case of inclement weather the event will be held on April 8, same place and time. FMI and to register contact Jane Heikkinen at (207-753-9400 ext 400 or email to janeheikkinen@oxfordnetworks.net
Invasive Tree Pests pose a serious threats to the trees and forests of Maine. The best defense for our trees and forests is early detection by people who work with trees, those who enjoy the outdoors, and those involved in community education. The Forest Pest Outreach Project will provide materials and guidance for volunteers. Training topics will include: potential impact of ALB, EAB, HWA in the State of Maine; current management activities; identification and life cycles; how to recognize these pests and their damage; how to report a suspect insect; other invasive forest pests; sharing what you have learned; host tree identification; and community response planning. Continuing education credits from the Board of Pesticide and SAF will be offered.

Invasive Forest Insect Outreach Volunteer Training

Invasive Forest Insect Outreach Volunteer Training
Feb 11, 2015 in Greenville
Mar 18, 2015 in Waldoboro

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Forest Pest Outreach Project and its partners are offering two free workshops to train people to recognize, report and spread awareness about the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), emerald ash borer (EAB), hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), and other invasive tree pests. These invasive insects pose serious threats to the trees and forests of Maine. ALB and EAB have not been found in Maine, but the EAB quarantine in NH abuts Maine, and the largest known infestation of ALB outside of its native range was found in Worcester, MA in 2008. The best defense for our trees and forests against these and other invasive insects is early detection by people who work with trees, those who enjoy the outdoors, and those involved in community education.

Karen Coluzzi and Lorraine Taft with the Forest Pest Outreach Project (DACF, Animal and Plant Health), and Allison Kanoti with the Maine Forest Service (DACF), will present these trainings. Participants will learn how to recognize and report key invasive pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. They will be trained to effectively transfer information to the public to help spread awareness of these pests.

Training topics will include the potential impact of ALB, EAB and HWA in the state of Maine, current management activities, pest and infestation identification, pest life cycles, infestation reporting, host tree identification and community response planning. Three credit hours are available for licensed foresters and pesticide applicators attending this training. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Light refreshments provided.

Trainings

Greenville, ME

Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 (Snow Date February 12th)

Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Location: Greenville Town Office, 7 Minden Street, Greenville, ME

Co-Sponsors: Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine DACF

Registration Details: Free, Pre-registration requested:
Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District 207-564-2321 ext. 3 or info@piscataquisswcd.org.

Continuing Education:
3 Credits
Board of Pesticide, SAF (cat. 1 CFE), Maine Licensed Forester

Waldoboro, ME

Date: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, ME

Co-Sponsors: Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension, and Maine DACF

Registration Details: Free, Pre-registration requested: Hildy Ellis at 207-596-2040 or hildy@knox-lincoln.org

Continuing Education
3 Credits each:
Board of Pesticide; SAF (cat. 1 CFE), Maine Licensed Forester

Basic and Advanced Training in Erosion and Sediment Control Practices

Are you certified to work near water bodies? As of July 1, 2013, work within 250 feet of any water body (the shoreland zone) requires a certified contractor on site. The Basic and Advanced Training in Erosion and Sediment Control Practices course will be held on Friday, November 21st from 8:00AM to 4:30PM at the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft. This course is necessary in order to become certified in erosion control practices by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and is designed for contractors, municipal code enforcement officers, consultants, engineers and public works employees. By attending this session, you qualify to become DEP certified in erosion and sediment control practices after the completion of a site evaluation.

 

In addition to sections on “Why Erosion Control is Important”, and “Erosion and How it Happens”, participants are provided with information on the proper selection, installation and maintenance of practices such as sediment barriers, mulch, vegetative stabilization, riprap, etc. You will also learn about new state-of-the-art erosion control techniques and ways to save time and money on your construction projects, as well as become eligible for discounts, expedited DEP permitting and other free educational resources.

 

If you are in need of this training, the Maine DEP’s Nonpoint Source Training and Resource Center and the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) urge you to take this Basic and Advanced Training Session in Erosion and Sediment Control Practices this fall. Refreshments, lunch, and a manual will be provided. Code Enforcement Officers will earn 7 Shoreland Zoning Credits. For more information about the benefits of contractor certification, visit www.maine.gov/dep/training or call the PCSWCD at 564-2321, Extension 3. To register for this course, visit the Penquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative’s (PVAEC) on-line registration portal at www.pvaec.maineadulted.org or call the PVAEC at 564-6525. The course is $85.00, or $95.00 if registering after November 7th. The registration deadline is November 14th. Don’t lose work opportunities – get certified – register for this course today.