Master Volunteers & Natural Resource Professionals,
The New Year has come and gone, it's now time to think about late winter programs and volunteer opportunities. Please consider attending one of our upcoming Forest Pest First Detector (FPFD) workshops or helping with one (or more) of the EAB or Oriental bittersweet surveys.
Forest Pest First Detector workshops are for anyone who wants the latest in-depth information about new invasive pests that affect Minnesota's landscape trees, shelterbelts and urban and rural forests. Past attendees include Master Volunteers (Woodland Advisors, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Tree Care Advisors, etc.), tree care professionals, forestry professionals, natural resource professions who work with trees, environmental educators, MN Conservation Corps participants, land and home owners and many others.
Others may want to attend to become part of the award-winning Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector volunteer program to help the public find new invasive species affecting Minnesota's trees and forests or as a refresher for those already active as Forest Pest First Detectors. Current Forest Pest First Detector volunteers are welcome but not required to attend.
You do not need to become a First Detector Volunteer to attend. If you want to become a First Detector volunteer, visit our website for additional information about what you need to do before attending the workshop.
2015 Forest Pest First Detector Workshops - Registration open!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Hutchinson Event Center, McCormick Rm, 1005 Highway 15 S, Plaza 15, Hutchinson, MN 55350
To register click here for Hutchinson.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Douglas County Public Works, Conference Room, 526 Willow Drive, Alexandria, MN 56308
To register, click here for Alexandria.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Cloquet Forestry Center, Stine Conference Room, 175 University Road, Cloquet, MN 55720
To register click here for Cloquet
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
MNDOT Training & Conference Center, Rm 4, 1900 County Road I West, Shoreview, MN 55126
To register click here for Shoreview.
EAB & Oriental Bittersweet Volunteer Survey Opportunities
Come learn how to identify emerald ash borer or Oriental bittersweet (OB) and help the MDA and the UMN Extension collect presences and absences data about these troublesome invasive species.
Some knowledge of trees and forest invasive species is helpful, likely participants include Forest Pest First Detectors, Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Tree Care Advisors and natural resource professionals.
These events are free; participants will be expected to participate in the survey. The survey will likely included walking outside in winter and traveling in teams or small groups along survey routes. Participants should come dressed for the weather. Lunch will be provided.
Survey events will begin at 9:00 AM and are likely to end about 3:30 PM. Specific meeting locations will be emailed in advance of each survey. General locations and specific dates are provided below.
These survey activities are funded by the US Farm Bill via the MDA.
March 3, EAB Survey, Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123
March 5, EAB Survey, Tarsillas House & Cafe, 112 North Main Street, Stewartville, MN 55976
March 9, OB Survey, Luxton Recreation Center, Prospect Park, 112 Williams Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414
March 10, OB Survey, Rochester Recreation Center Activity, 21 Elton Hills Dr. NW, Rochester, MN
March 11, OB Survey, Brownsville Community Center, 104 N 6th St, Brownsville, MN 55919
Click here to register for any or all of these volunteer opportunities.
Hope to see you soon,
UMN Extension Forestry Educator