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 beetles, with a large host range could be the next invaders on the horizon! On Tuesday, September 17 from 10am – noon, Hildy Ellis of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will present a program about these invaders at Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust in Damariscotta.
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
• 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, how to make decisions about treatment, current quarantine information for EAB in Maine, and other relevant information. The following recertification credits are confirmed for this program: 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-linicoln.org/invasive-forest-pests, contact Julie at 596-2040 or email@example.com