Vermont's Three Most Unwanted Forest Pests

A workshop sponsored by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium, and Vermont Coverts.

  • Tuesday, April 6, 2010
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Historic Hildene, Manchester, VT

Hemlock wooly adelgid, Asian longhorned beetle, and emerald ash borer are dangerous invasive insects that threaten the health of our forests. (Hemlock wooly adelgid has been reported from several communities in the Connecticut River valley in Vermont. Asian longhorned beetle is as close as Worcester, MA. Emerald ash borer has been found in nearby Quebec.)

Vermont Department of Forests Parks and Recreation forester Jim Esden will teach us about the biology of these invaders, their impacts, how to identify them, and how to report them. We'll have samples of each insect and their signs and symptoms, and plenty of handouts. The presentation is suitable for families. Light refreshments will be served. LEAP credits will be available. Certified forester attendees can request 1.5 category I SAF CFE credits. Category 2 pesticide applicators certified in Vermont and nearby states can request 1 recertification credit.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Shelly Stiles, of the Bennington County Conservation District, at 802-442-2275 or .

The Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium is a collaborative between forest landowners, consulting foresters, loggers, the Bennington County Conservation District (BCCD), and the Bennington County Forester's office. Its mission is to promote dialogue and learning between forest landowners, resource professionals, and the general public.