Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Program
- We’ve created a First Detector group. All trained First Detectors are welcome to join at no cost. The group is a great way to connect with other First Detectors, post questions and comments, and keep up to date on Minnesota First Detector news.
- Use EDDMaps to report sightings online from your desk or any internet-connected device
Forest Pest First Detector workshops:
Spring 2014 workshops scheduled
We’ve scheduled six First Detector workshops around Minnesota for spring 2014. These are all on our calendar of events, but check back here for additional detail:
- Twin Cities February 19
- St Cloud February 25
- Twin Cities March 5
- Grand Marais March 12
- Bemidji March 14
- Rochester April 25
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 effect in Minnesota’s landscape trees 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 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 as MN EAB/Forest 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 and one Minnesota module online BEFORE you attend the training
- Sign a First Detector confidentially form at the workshop.
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, email@example.com
- Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota Extension, 612-624-4977, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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