Fall Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Training Announced

Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Training

September 12, 2015

Manchester, VT

Enjoy spending time outdoors? Concerned about the health of Vermont’s forests? Then we need YOUR help!

First Detector volunteers are our front-line defense against invasive tree pest infestations. The Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Program is hosting a FREE volunteer training session on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 9:30am-4:15pm in Manchester, Vermont.

We are training volunteers to:

(1) inform the public about the tangible threat Vermont’s primary pests (namely the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid) pose;

(2) prepare their communities for a response in the event of an infestation; and

(3) screen potential pest sightings.

Early detection of invasive pests mitigates the economic and ecological impact to forests and prevents pest populations from becoming established in the state. YOU can help protect Vermont’s forests!

Questions or to register, contact Gwen Kozlowski at gwen.kozlowski@uvm.edu or 802-656-6646 by September 9th. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Gwen by August 21,  so we may assist you.

For more information visit:  www.vtinvasives.org/first-detectors