Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Program
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2015 Forest Pest First Detector workshops:
Thursday, February 19, 2015*
Hutchinson Event Center, McCormick Room
1005 Highway 15 South, Plaza 15, Hutchinson, MN 55350
To register click here for Hutchinson.
Thursday, February 26, 2015*
Douglas County Public Works, Conference Room,
526 Willow Drive, Alexandria, MN 56308
To register click here for Alexandria.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015*
Cloquet Forestry Center, Stine Conference Room, 175 University Road, Cloquet, MN 55720
To register click here from Cloquet.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015*
MNDOT Training & Conference Center, Room 4, 1900 County Road I West, Shoreview, MN 55126
To register click here for Shoreview.
* The Tree Inspector Exam, a competency exam for the Tree Inspector Program NOT the Forest Pest First Detector program, will be offered after each workshop ONLY if there are 10 participants preregistered for the Tree Inspector Exam. You can register for both the Forest Pest First Detector workshop and the Tree Inspector Exam at each of the above links. The Forest Pest First Detector workshop will not adequately prepare Tree Inspector exam participants to pass the exam. It is highly recommended that those hoping to pass the Tree Inspector Exam study in advance. A Tree Inspector Exam study guide can be found here.
Volunteer Survey Opportunities: EAB & OB
Come learn how to identify emerald ash borer or Oriental bittersweet (OB) and help the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the University of Minnesota Extension collect presences and absences data about these troublesome invasive species.
Some knowledge of trees and forest invasive species is helpful, likely participants include Forest Pest First Detectors, Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Tree Care Advisors and natural resource professionals.
These events are free; participants will be expected to participate in the survey. The survey will likely included walking outside in winter and traveling in teams or small groups along survey routes. Participants should come dressed for the weather. Lunch will be provided.
Survey events will begin at 9:00 AM and are likely to end about 3:30 PM. Specific meeting locations will be emailed in advance of each survey. General locations and specific dates are provided below.
These survey activities are funded by the US Farm Bill via the MDA.
- March 3, EAB Survey, Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123
- March 5, EAB Survey, Tarsillas House & Cafe, 112 North Main Street, Stewartville, MN 55976
- March 9, OB Survey, Luxton Recreation Center, Prospect Park, 112 Williams Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414
- March 10, OB Survey, Rochester Recreation Center Activity, 21 Elton Hills Drive Northwest, Rochester, MN, 55901
- March 11, OB Survey, Brownsville Community Center, 104 N 6th St, Brownsville, MN 55919
Click here to register for any or all of these volunteer opportunities.
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.
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:
- Attend a Forest Pest First Detector workshop
- Place a check mark in the box next to the “I want to be a Forest Pest First Detector” when you register.
- Provide your email address when you register (required so you can receive First Detector communications)
- Complete four NPDN online modules and one Minnesota module online BEFORE you attend the training
- 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:
- APPROVED for 1015: International Society of Arborists CEU’s:
- Certified Arborist: 5.5
- BCMA – Science: 4.5
- BCMA – Management: 1.0
- Municipal Specialist: 5.5
- APPROVED for 2015: Society of American Foresters – Continuing Forestry Education (SAF-CFE) & MN Forest Stewardship Plan
- 4.5 hours Category 1-CF for the workshop
- APPROVED for 2015: MN Tree Inspector Recertification
- 6 hours recertification
- APPROVED FOR 2015: Minnesota Logger Education Program
- 8 CEUs
- Master Gardener & Master Naturalist continuing education credits
Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Manual
Free online manual covering information about tree and forest invasive pests related to the Forest Pest First Detector Program – Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Manual
Contact for More Information:
- University of Minnesota Extension Emerald Ash Borer web page
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture Invasive Pest Management web page
- Dean Herzfeld, University of Minnesota Extension, 612-624-3477, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota Extension, 612-624-4977, email@example.com
- Mark Abrahamson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 651-201-6505, Mark.Abrahamson@state.mn.us
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