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:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Center – Room HA 102 1926 College View Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904 Click here to Register NOTE: This workshop is being advertised with another Ash Management for Woodland Owners workshop on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Consider attending both. The following CEU credits have been approved for this workshop:
- International Society of Arborists CEU’s:
- Certified Arborist: 5.25
- Municipal Specialist: 5.25
- BCMA – Science: 5.25
We are currently seeking the following additional CEU credits for this workshop, but in the past they have been worth:
- MN Tree Inspector Recertification
- 6 hours recertification
- Society of American Foresters – Continuing Forestry Education (SAF-CFE)
- 4.0 hours Category 1-CF for the workshop
- 1.0 hour Cat. 1-CF for completing all five of the Forest Pest First Detector Volunteer on-line modules (see below).
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 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 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.
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