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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:

• Improve first detector training and invasive species awareness.

• Reduce potential risks from pathogens and pests.

• Increase 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 http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/ before March 18. For more information contact Sandy Mason, UI Extension Educator in horticulture slmason@illinois.edu PH: 217-333-7672.

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, slmason@uiuc.edu