Forest Pest Outreach

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In 2016, Maine Soil & Water Conservation Districts received a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation  (DACF) to present programs for the Invasive Forest Pest Outreach Project – as well as displays at fairs and other events – in 12 priority counties: York, Androscoggin/Sagadahoc, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox/Lincoln, Franklin, Oxford, Somerset, and Waldo. This year we have expanded that outreach to the entire state.

Since 2009, with funds provided in part by a grant from the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Maine DACF has been educating Maine citizens about invasive pests. Maine conservation districts are now taking up that outreach to educate the public and municipalities about the threats of non-native forest pests:

  • Those that occur in Maine: hemlock woolly adelgid, elongated hemlock scale, winter moth, gypsy moth, and browntail moth. Browntail moth caterpillars not only defoliate trees, but contact with toxic hairs can cause severe dermatitis and respiratory problems.
  • Those pests that do not YET occur in Maine, but are close by in MA and NH are Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer.
  • We will be offering presentations and attending fairs throughout the year to educate interested folks about these forest threats.
    (Scroll down to see upcoming events)

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Forest Pest Workshops are designed to help landowners and users, landscape and forest professionals, and all residents of the state to

  • identify current and potential invasive forest pests and their host species,
  • to understand the threats to our forests and woodlands posed by these pests, and
  • learn 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, and other relevant information. When possible, workshops will also include an optional outdoor visit to a site where invasive pests or host trees may be found.

All workshops are free, (excepting those that may be part of a larger event that has an admission fee).

Recertification credits
These programs are co-sponsored by Maine Woodland Owners and have been reviewed  approved for the following recertification credits:

  • Professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters. Category 1-CF: 2.0
  • Pesticide Applicator credits by the Board of Pesticides Control: 2.0

Currently Scheduled Presentations
All events are free and open to the public.

  • Tue, Aug 15 from 5:30-7pm at Thompson Library, 186 E Main St, Dover-Foxcroft.
    FMI: 564-2321 x3
  • Wed, Aug 16 from 6-7:30pm at Machias Blueberry Festival, Machias
    FMI: Nate Pennell, 255-4659
  • Wed. Aug 30 from 6:30-8pm at Belgrade Lakes Center, 137 Maine St, Belgrade Lakes
    FMI: Dale Finseth, 622-7847 x3
  • Wed, Sep 6 from 5:50-7pm at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd, Topsham
    FMI: Josie Lahey, 251-3574
  • Tue, Sep 12 from 6:30-8pm at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St, Rockland
    FMI: Hildy Ellis, 596-2040
  • Sat, Sep 16 from 1-3pm at Belgrade Lakes Center, 137 Maine St, Belgrade Lakes
    FMI: Dale Finseth, 622-7847 x3

 If you would like to attend a presentation in your area, please contact your local conservation district.

Upcoming Events
Look for us at the following events (and check back for more) to pick up information, ask questions, and share your experiences!

  • Aug 19-26   Union Fair (Knox Cty)
  • Aug 23 & 24   Maine Farm Days in Clinton (Kennebec Cty)
  • Aug 26    Acton Fair (York Cty)
  • Sep 9    Wells Forest Tree Farm Field Day in Milford (Penobscot Cty)
  • Sep 18    Farmington Fair Ag Day (Franklin Cty)
  • Sep 22-24    Common Ground Country Fair in Unity (Waldo Cty)
  • Oct 14    A Day in the Woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson (Lincoln Cty)
  • Nov 11    Craig Brook Fish Hatcher Spawning Festival in East Orland (Hancock Cty); display & mini-presentations throughout the day
  • Nov 11 & 12    Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor (Penobscot Cty)

For more information and fact sheets about invasive forest pests:

To report a suspected sighting of an invasive pest, contact bugwatchme.agr@maine.gov or (207) 287-2431.

To find local firewood or campwood, visit Firewood Scout at http://firewoodscout.org/s/ME/

This material is made possible through a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry and is funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement from the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The USDA and DACF are equal opportunity providers and employers.