MEXICO — The Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor an invasive forest pest workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology, 377 River Road.

Topics will include insect identification and the signs and symptoms of tree injury caused by their infestation. Focus will be on the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, brown spruce longhorned beetle and the hemlock woolly adelgid. Invasive forest pests have a direct impact on forest health and a direct economic impact on landowners and the forest products industry.

The Asian longhorned beetle attacks healthy trees, favoring hardwoods such as sugar maple, eventually killing the tree. Though it has not yet been found in Maine, the Maine Department of Agriculture has started an outreach and training program to raise awareness that early detection will help protect forest resources.

The workshop and included educational material is free, though preregistration is requested. Contact OCSWCD at 743-5789, ext. 1, or [email protected] to register.

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