TOPSHAM — Maine Soil & Water Conservation Districts, under a grant from the Invasive Forest Pest Outreach Project of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, are offering a series of free presentations through September for landowners and users, landscape and forest professionals and residents.

A local workshop will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 5:50 to 7 p.m. at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham. Registration for this is required and may be completed by contacting 207-251-3574.

Presentations are designed to help participants identify current and potential invasive forest pests and their host species, understand the threats to forests and woodlands posed by the pests, and learn how to report suspected pest sightings or damage to trees that may be a result of infestations.

Participants will receive an information folder with fact sheets about the major pest species and “look-alikes,” a list of host trees that the species may be found on, and other relevant information.

Programs have been reviewed and, depending on length, may be approved for the following recertification credits: Professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters and Pesticide Applicator credits by the Board of Pesticides Control.

A forest pest display will be held at the Farmington Fair’s Agricultural Day on Monday, Sept. 18, in Farmington. 


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