Bugs in trees

Want to learn more about invasive forest insects? There's a FREE training next week by the Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine Forest Service. Here are the details...!

Invasive Forest Insect Outreach Volunteer Training
Presented by the Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine Forest Service

Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: North Yarmouth Town Hall in North Yarmouth, Maine
Cost: Free

To train people to spread awareness about the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the emerald ash borer (EAB), ant the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). These invasive tree pests pose serious threats to the trees and forests of Maine. ALB and EAB have not been found in Maine yet; HWA is established in southern, coastal locations. 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 also 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 distributing educational materials. The Department of Agriculture will provide materials for volunteers and loans of insects and sample tree damage displays.

Email the following information to Karen Coluzzi at karen.l.coluzzi@maine.gov or call 207-287-7551: Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Affiliation (Organization or Employer)

Tentative Agenda
noon – 12:30 Check-in, Introductions, Goals
12:30 – 1:30 Presentations on ALB and EAB
1:45 – 2:45 Presentations on HWA and Elongate Hemlock Scale
3:00 – 3:45 What’s Next? How to Share What You’ve Learned
3:45 – 5:00 Tree ID