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8:30-4:30 weekdays*

*Please call ahead to make sure we are in! Although we make every attempt to have the office open during these hours, at times we are both out of the office for education programs or technical assistance.

207-596-2040
893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856

info@knox-lincoln.org

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    Invasive Forest Pest Outreach

    Protect what we love!

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    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:
      • hemlock woolly adelgid &elongated hemlock scale
      • winter moth
      • gypsy moth
      • browntail moth. *Browntail moth caterpillars defoliate trees trees and contact with toxic hairs can cause severe dermatitis and respiratory problems.
    • Those that do not YET occur in Maine, but are close by in NH and MA:
      • Asian longhorned beetle
      • emerald ash borer

    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 fiewood, sell your local firewood (under "About Us") and reduce the movement of invasive pests.

     

     

    To learn more about invasive forest pests attend a workshop in your area!

    Forest Pest Workshops 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,
    • to 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

    2017 Workshops

    • 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 approved for the following recertification credits:
      • 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

    Currently Scheduled Workshops

    • Thursday, March 16, 2017 (snow date Mar 17) from 9:30-11:30am at Milo Town Office, 6 Pleasant Street.
      Presenters: Allison Kanoti, MFS Entomologist; Heidi Reinhard, Piscataquis SWCD Program Manager
      FMI and to register: Piscataquis SWCD, 564-2321 ext. 3, info@piscataquisswcd.org
    • Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Houlton High School, Rm 34
      Presenter: Joe Dembeck, Somerset SWCD Executive Director
      FMI and to register: Southern Aroostook SWCD, 254-4126 or angela.wotton@me.nacdnet.net
    • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00pm at Farmington Town Office, 153 Farmington Falls Road.
      Presenter: Joe Dembeck, Somerset SWCD Executive Director
      FMI and to register: Franklin County SWCD, 778-4279 or info@franklincswcd.org
    • Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm at Deer Foot Farm, 1221 Union Rd, Appleton, ME
      Presenter: Hildy Ellis, Knox-Lincoln SWCD
      FMI and to register: Gary Roberts, 785-3200 or deerfoot1gw@gmail.com
      *This is a combined invasive forest pest/invasive plant workshop.

    Additional workshops will be scheduled throughout the spring and summer.  If you would like a workshop in your area, please contact your local conservation district.

    Upcoming Events
    Look for us at the following events (and check back for more) to pick up information, ask questions, and share your experiences!

    • Mar 10-12, 2017 (Fri-Sun): Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show, UMaine Field House in Orono
    • Mar 29-Apr 2, 2017 (Wed-Sun): Maine Flower Show, Thompson’s Point in Portland
    • Apr 8-9, 2017 (Sat-Sun): Vacationland RV and Camping Show, Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn
    • May 6-7, 2017 (Sat-Sun): Knox-Lincoln SWCD Plant Sale at Union Fairgrounds
    • Jun 3, 2017 (Sat): PCCA Family Fun Day in Brewer
    • TBD: Maine Highway Congress at Skowhegan Fairgrounds
    • Jul 6-9, 2017 (Thu-Sun): Ossipee Valley Fair at Fairgrounds in Hiram
    • Aug 19-26, 2017 (Sat-Sat): Union Fair at Union Fairgrounds
    • Aug 23-24, 2017 (Wed-Thu): Maine Farm Days in Clinton

    For more information and fact sheets about invasive forest pests, visit Maine DACF where you can link to Maine Bugwatch on Facebook and sign up for Invasive Pest Outreach updates.  

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