Invasive Forest Insect Outreach Volunteer Training

Presented by the Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine Forest Service
Hosted by Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge
Wednesday, May 22nd, Noon – 4:30 PM, Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge, Calais, ME
Free
To train people to spread awareness about the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the emerald ash borer (EAB), the brown spruce longhorned beetle (BSLB) and others. These invasive tree pests pose serious threats to the trees and forests of Maine. ALB and EAB has been confirmed in other New England states but not in Maine; BSLB is established in the Canadian Maritimes. The best defense for our trees and forests is early detection by people who work with trees and those who enjoy the outdoors.
Who Should Attend?
People interested in learning about invasive forest pests, and sharing that information with others. Participants will learn how to effectively disseminate information to the public to help spread awareness. Outreach activities include, but are not limited to, holding informational sessions, displaying information at public forums, and disseminating educational materials. The Department of Agriculture will provide materials for volunteers and loans of insects and sample tree damage displays.
Training Topics
Potential Impact of invasive forest pests on the state of Maine
Current Management Activities
Identification & Life Cycles & pest damage
How to Save and Report a Suspect Insect
How you can make a difference in the outcome in Maine
Resources Available to Help with Outreach
Host Tree Identification
Email the following information to Lorraine Taft <lorraine.taft@gmail.com> or call 207-832-6241: Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Affiliation (Organization or Employer)
 Recertification credits: Board of Pesticide: 3 and SAF Forester: 3.5