Free workshop in Massena Aug. 24-26 on forest invasive species
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 9:10 am

MASSENA -- A free, three-day workshop on invasive beetles that threaten regional forests and sugarbushes will be held Aug. 24 to 26 at the Quality Inn, 10 W, Orvis St.

The focus of classroom and field surveys during the workshop will be on two invasive tree pests that threaten New York State — the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle.

The workshop, for forest owners, sugarbush operators, public works officials, grounds department personnel and any others concerned about the health of woodlands or community forests, is sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust.

The morning session on Aug. 24 will be classroom presentations; in the afternoon trained invasive pest surveyors will take groups out to conduct field surveys. The field surveys will continue on Wednesday, Aug. 25 and Thursday, Aug. 26, focusing on the industrial areas in Massena. These areas have been identified as potential "hot spots", but field work has not yet been completed

“I encourage to register for this special free training,” said Cornell Cooperative Extension Senior Educator Steve VanderMark.

“With the threat of these insects spreading into our area; this special training will teach stakeholders specific details about these pests, their recognition, and how to check trees in the St. Lawrence County area for them. With more people trained to watch for these pests, it is hoped any infestations can be spotted early enough to help slow their spread,” VanderMark says.

Contact the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust at 779-8240, thtomorr@northnet.org for registration and details.