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.

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