Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Program

To report a pest visit: Arrest the Pest


 

2016 Surveys: EAB & OB

April 18 & 25, 2016

Are you interested in learning more about emerald ash borer (EAB) and Oriental bittersweet (OB)? Are you willing to help survey near Stillwater, MN to look for these invasive pests?

Survey participants will travel in pairs (likely in personal vehicles) to survey predefined survey routes between Stillwater and Afton. This event will begin promptly at 9 and end around 3. Participants will meet at Perkins, 2050 W Frontage Rd, Stillwater, MN 55082. We’ll gather and discuss logistics over coffee and then return to Perkins for a lunch (included in your free registration) and finish the day be returning equipment and leaving from Perkins.

Participants should know basic tree ID (ash trees mostly), dress for walking in the weather and bring binoculars if possible. We will provide food, safety vests, additional binoculars, route maps, and training on species identification and survey protocol.

For questions please contact UMN Extension Forester, Angela Gupta, agupta@umn.edu or 507-280-2869 (office) or 507-272-5725 (cell).

These Survey Events are organized by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) with support from USDA Farm Bill and the MDA.

If you’re interested please register here. There is no fee to participate in these surveys.

SURVEY REGISTRATION

 

2016 Workshop

 

Workshop registration is $50 and workshops are from 8 AM – 3 PM, including lunch. Participants must preregister and the registration fee is due during the online registration process.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Marine on St Croix:

William O’Brien State Park
Visitor Center
16821 O’Brien Trail North
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
Register here. We’re using a new registration system this year, you’ll need to sign-in. If you have trouble please follow these instructions.

Thursday, February 18, 2016, Mankato:

Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center
119 South Front Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Register here. We’re using a new registration system this year, you’ll need to sign-in. If you have trouble please follow these instructions.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Carlton:

Carlton County Transportation Building
Meeting Room
1630 County Road 61
Carlton, MN 55718
Register here. We’re using a new registration system this year, you’ll need to sign-in. If you have trouble please follow these instructions.

Thursday, February 25, 2016, Fergus Falls:

Otter Tail Government Service Center
Meeting Room
500 West Fir Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Register here. We’re using a new registration system this year, you’ll need to sign-in. If you have trouble please follow these instructions.

Click here for the 2016 Forest Pest First Detector workshop brochure.

Note: You do not need to become a First Detector Volunteer to attend. If you want to become a First Detector volunteer, scroll down for information about what you need to do before attending the workshop.

These workshops are for anyone who wants the latest in-depth information about new invasive pests that affect Minnesota’s landscape trees, shelterbelts and urban and rural forests. Past attendees include Master Volunteers (Woodland Advisors, Master Gardeners, Tree Care Advisors, etc.), tree care professionals, forestry professionals, natural resource professions who work with trees, environmental educators, MN Conservation Corps participants, land and home owners and many others.

Others may want to attend to become part of the award-winning Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector volunteer program to help the public find new invasive species affecting Minnesota’s trees and forests or as a refresher for those already active asForest Pest First Detectors. Current Forest Pest First Detector volunteers are welcome but not required to attend.

Forest Pest First Detector workshops are jointly produced and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and University of Minnesota Extension. It is supported in part by the US Farm Bill, Renewable Resource Extension Act and Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund.

Image: Workshop display

To Become A Forest Pest First Detector Volunteer

If you want to become a Forest Pest First Detector volunteer at any of the workshops you must:

  1. Attend a Forest Pest First Detector workshop
  2. Place a check mark in the box next to the “I want to be a Forest Pest First Detector” when you register.
  3. Provide your email address when you register (required so you can receive First Detector communications)
  4. Complete four NPDN online modules and one Minnesota module online  BEFORE you attend the training
  5. Sign a First Detector confidentially form at the workshop.

Click here for how to become a Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Volunteer.

Forest Pest First Detector Workshop CEU credits:

  • CEUs Approved for 2016
  • Master Gardener & Master Naturalist continuing education credits
  • MN Tree Inspector Recertification available
  • Minnesota Logger Education Program: 8 CEUs
  • Society of American Foresters – Continuing Forestry Education (SAF-CFE) & MN Forest Stewardship Plan
    • 4.5 hours Category 1-CF for the workshop
  • International Society of Arborists CEU’s:
    • Certified Arborist: 5.5
    • BCMA – Science: 4.5
    •  BCMA – Management: 1.0
    •  Municipal Specialist: 5.5

    NOTE: We will not be offering the Tree Inspector Certification Exam this year.

Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Manual

Free online manual covering information about tree and forest invasive pests related to the Forest Pest First Detector ProgramMinnesota Forest Pest First Detector Manual

Also be sure to download the Forest Pest First Detector Site Visit Checklist

Contact for More Information:

Minnesota Forest Pest First Detectors Program Awards

  • Carol Mortensen Invasive Species Award for Team Achievement (state) Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council
  • Outstanding Team First Detector Educators (national) – National Plant Diagnostic Network
  • Distinguished Team – University of Minnesota Extension Dean’s Award
  • Innovation & Technology – Minnesota Association of Extension Educators
  • Excellence in Natural Resources Programming – Minnesota Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals
  • Innovative Programs Silver Award (national) – Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals
  • Outstanding Team Silver Award (national) – Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals