Forest Tree Pest Program Offered
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2013
University of Illinois Extension is offering a
first-detector training program focusing on tree pests on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UI
Extension Auditorium, 801 North Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL. This program
will provide in-depth training on current and emerging pathogens and insects
affecting Illinois trees.
The target audience includes certified arborists, tree
care professionals, master gardeners, master naturalists, forestry and natural
resource professionals, conservationists, and others with an interest in trees.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available.
The objectives of the training include the following:
first detector training and invasive species awareness.
potential risks from pathogens and pests.
rapid and affordable plant diagnostic support to local, state, and national
agriculture and green industry programs and to tree owners.
The 2013 program will focus on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB),
thousand canker disease (TCD), and invasive plant species. Subjects to be
covered in the course include: identification /detection; life cycle/biology;
hosts; sampling; management; commonly confused look-alikes; and regulation.
Registration is $25; lunch is provided. Please register online
March 18. For more information contact Sandy Mason, UI Extension Educator in
horticulture email@example.com PH:
Each participant will receive a binder of EAB, TCD, and
invasive plant information. A special feature will be tree drawings (provided
by Master Naturalist Jean Burridge) to aid in identifying ash, walnut, or
"look-alike" trees. Additional online training modules covering topics that
will not be discussed during the 1-day program will be available to program
participants prior to training.
This program is made possible by an Illinois Integrated
Pest Management Grant.
Source: Sandra Mason, Extension Educator, Horticulture, firstname.lastname@example.org