Asian longhorned beetle educational workshops planned

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Agriculture, in cooperation with USDA and the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, invites you to attend a free educational workshop designed to teach volunteer citizens how to identify the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). This will help to ensure early detection and better chances of eradication quickly of this destructive non-native forest pest.The preferred host for the ALB is maple trees making it a real and serious threat to the Vermont landscape and economy. Just last year, ALB was found in Worcester, Mass.The workshops will include two hours of classroom time followed by one hour in the field to teach volunteer citizens how to identify ALB.  Classroom work will include information on the threat to Vermont s forests, the biology of ALB, including how to recognize the larval and adult stages, how to recognize external symptoms of ALB infestation on host trees, and who to contact should they see this pest.In the field session, attendees will spend about an hour doing a walk-through of high-risk host hardwood trees, and will have the opportunity to practice Asian long horned beetle survey techniques. Having trained volunteers who can recognize ALB and other invasive pests will increase our chances of early detection and eradication.The workshops are scheduled for:Monday July 13           9:30 a.m. 12 p.m.    S. Burlington Community Library S. Burlington, VTWednesday July 15     5:30 – 7:30 p.m.            Tropical Conservancy – Brattleboro, VTSaturday July 18         9 a.m. 12 p.m.          VINS Nature Center Quechee, VTWednesday July 22     9 a.m. 1 p.m.            Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park – Woodstock, VTWednesday July 29     5:30 – 8:30 p.m.             Ethan Allen Homestead – Winooski, VTThe instructor is Amanda Priestley, Vermont Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Coordinator with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.  To register, call Amanda at (802) 522-0951 or e-mail Amanda.Priestley@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail).last_img

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