Invasive forest pest presentation to be held in Lewiston on June 13

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LEWISTON — Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Maine Association of Conservation Districts and Maine Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation, will host a free presentation from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 13, at the Lewiston Public Works Department Building as part of the Invasive Forest Pest Outreach Project.

The Public Works Department building is at 103 Adams Ave.

Joseph Dembeck, executive director of Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Maine Association of Conservation Districts will lead the free program to help participants identify current and potential invasive forest pests — including the browntail moth, emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle — and their host species; to understand the threats the pests pose and to learn how to report suspected pest sightings and damage.

All participants will receive an information packet with fact sheets, species lists and other relevant information regarding the three workshop goals.

The programs have been approved for the following recertification credits:

• Professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters. Category 1-CF: 2.0.

• Pesticide Applicator credits by the Board of Pesticides Control: 2.0.

To learn more about the Invasive Forest Pests Outreach Program or to find other workshops around the state, visit the MACD website.

Interested individuals must register for the workshop by Thursday, June 8.

FMI, register: 207-241-5374, [email protected], www.androscogginswcd.org, maineconservationdistricts.com/forest-pest- outreach.

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