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2018 Fall Office Hours
Mon-Thu: 8:30 am - 4:30pm (mostly)
Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm

* We try hard to be in the office between 8:30am and 4:30pm from Mon-Thu, but please call ahead to be sure!

893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856


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    Invasive Forest Pest Outreach

    Protect what we love! 

    Slow the Spread of invasive pests by not moving firewood - buy it where you burn it, burn it where you buy it!

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    ***Emerald ash borer was discovered in Madawaska in May 2018 and in York County in September 2018***

    Here are two good publications from the Maine Forest Service on what landowners, foresters and loggers should know about managing and planning for this serious pest:

    Woods Wise Wire, June 5, 2018: Emerald Ash Borer Dsicovered in Maine
    EAB Information for Maine Landowners

    And, from Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

    EAB Decision Guide for Landowners

    For more information about workshops or questions about planning for EAB, please contact us at 596-2040 or hildy@knox-lincoln.org.


    Maine Soil & Water Conservation Districts received a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation (DACF) to present programs for the Invasive Forest Pest Outreach Project - as well as displays at fairs and other events - throughout the state in 2017.

    Since 2009, with funds provided in part by a grant from the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Maine DACF has been educating Maine citizens about invasive pests. Maine conservation districts are now taking up that outreach to educate the public and municipalities about the threats of non-native forest pests:

    • Those that occur in Maine, include:
      • emerald ash borer (found in York & Aroostook counties in 2018)
      • hemlock woolly adelgid & elongate hemlock scale
      • winter moth
      • gypsy moth
      • browntail moth *Browntail moth caterpillars defoliate trees; contact with toxic hairs can cause severe dermatitis and respiratory problems.
    • Those that do not YET occur in Maine, but are close by:

    How do invasive pests get here?

    Forest pests typically get moved around unintentionally. They get moved long distances:

    • in wooden packing material (pallets and crates);
    • on infested plants in the nursery trade;
    • in soil of plants that people bring to summer homes or when they move.



    Buy it where you burn it!

    One major vector for the movement of forest pests over long distances is FIREWOOD.

    Maine currently bans bringing out of state firewood across state lines, but you can just as easily transport pests from one part of the state to another.

    To help folks find local campwood and firewood, Maine has joined Firewood Scout.

    At Firewood Scout, you can find local firewood, sell your local firewood (under "About Us"), and reduce the movement of invasive pests.



    To learn more about invasive forest pests, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD or your local conservation district to request a presentation in your area!

    Forest Pest Presentations are designed to help landowners and users, landscape and forest professionals, and all residents of the state to

    • identify current and potential invasive forest pests and their host species,
    • understand the threats to our forests and woodlands posed by these pests, and
    • learn how to report suspected pest sightings or damage to trees that may be a result of pest infestations


    • All participants receive an information packet with fact sheets about the major pest species, a list of host trees that the species may be found on, and other relevant information.
    • All workshops are free
    • Recertification credits These programs are reviewed and may be approved for the following recertification credits (depending on lenght of program):
      • Professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters. Category 1-CF: 2.0
      • Pesticide Applicator credits by the Board of Pesticides Control: 2.0

     If you would like to attend a presentation in your area, please contact

    For more information and fact sheets about invasive forest pests:

    To report a suspected sighting of an invasive pest, contact bugwatchme.agr@maine.gov or (207) 287-2431.  

    To find local firewood or campwood, visit Firewood Scout at http://firewoodscout.org/s/ME/

    This material is made possible through a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry and is funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement from the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The USDA and DACF are equal opportunity providers and employers.