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.
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Forest Pest Presentations 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 presentations are free (excepting those that may be part of a larger event that has an admission fee).
These programs are co-sponsored by Maine Woodland Owners and have been reviewed and 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
There are currently no presentations scheduled.
If you would like to attend or host a presentation in your area, please contact your local conservation district.
Look for us at the following events (and check back for more) to pick up information, ask questions, and share your experiences!
- 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
For more information and fact sheets about invasive forest pests:
- Visit the new Invasive Species Portal at maine.gov
- Link to Maine Bugwatch on Facebook and sign up for Invasive Pest Outreach updates.
- New EAB fact sheet from Maine Forest Service: EAB for Landowners
To report a suspected sighting of an invasive pest, contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.