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Help protect Minnesota from invasive pests

Learn about important invasive insects, weeds, and plant diseases
at this year's workshop. 
Jeff Hahn, U of MN Extension
If you love trees and you want to help protect them from invasive pests, like emerald ash borer, oak wilt, and oriental bittersweet, consider registering for the 2019 Forest Pest First Detector workshop!

This year, we will be in St. Cloud at the MnDOT Training Center on March 4 from 9:00am – 4:00 pm. Registration is $50 which includes the online course and in-person workshop (lunch and refreshments will be provided).

Who should attend:

Master Volunteers (Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Tree Care Advisors, etc.), tree care
professionals, forestry professionals, natural resource professionals, environmental educators, MN Conservation Corps participants, and others. Current Forest Pest First Detector volunteers are also welcome to refresh their training!

All registrants will complete an online training course in preparation for the in-person workshop. The online course should take approximately 3 hours to complete, and should be completed prior to attending the in-person workshop. The in-person workshop is 7 hours.
Both online and in-person workshop are required
for successful completion of the program.

What attendees will learn:

  • invasive species identification
  • tree disease identification
  • reporting methods
  • common transportation routes for pests
Want to attend? You can register now. Registration is open through February 25.

Jeffrey Hahn, Extension Entomologist
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