Invasive Forest Pests – Talk by Windham County Forester Bill Guenther

WINDHAM COUNTY FARM BUREAU invites you to attend an evening with our Windham County Forester, Bill Guenther March 21st at 7:30 pm at Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd, Dummerston, VT

Bill Guenther, Windham County Forester, will present our March program. He will discuss “The Big Three.” This is in reference to 3 non-native invasive insects that can have an enormous impact on our County’s woodland resources. Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is already established throughout two-thirds of Windham County and has negatively impacted our native Eastern Hemlock. The others, Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Long-horned Beetle, have Vermont surrounded but have not yet been detected here.

Bill will offer tips on how to identify these pests, as early detection is key to contain any infestation. He will also give some background on how they got here, what species of trees they impact, how they inflict damage to trees and offer various control methods.

In almost every instance where one of these insects has cropped up, it as a knowledgeable concerned citizen, and not a natural resource professional who made the first sighting. This is why Bill feels it is so important to educate the public as much as possible.

Windham County is 86% forested and is the timber capital of Vermont. Windham County hosts the states two largest sawmills and woodlands are an integral part of many of our local diversified farming operations. It is critically important that we keep a watchful eye out for these invaders and this session should give you some helpful tools in that endeavor.

Refreshments will be available through out the presentation.

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