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May 26, 2017


Forest Health, Invasive Species, And Silviculture Trainings

Threats to forest health are on the rise.  Questions from landowners on how to deal with these threats are also likely to increase. Two workshops (one in north Alabama and one in south Alabama) are being offered by Southern Regional Extension Forestry and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to provide information to address these concerns.  Each workshop will cover identification, diagnosis and management of native and invasive pests of forests and tree health.  Each will consist of one day of indoor instruction followed by a half day in the field (see attached agenda).  Forestry CFE and pesticide points have been applied for. 
 
North Alabama Workshop
– June 27-28 at Monte Sano State Park Lodge in Huntsville
 
Registration ($25) includes snacks, lunch on day 1, light breakfast on day 2 and the entrance fee to the park. Registration is capped at 50 people. Initial pre-registration (for NRCS, AFC and ACES training) will close April 7. 
 
Hotel Accommodations:
·         A limited number of cabins are available at Monte Sano state park. Call 256-534-3757 to make a reservation.
·         A block of rooms ($90/night) at Hampton Inn and Suites Huntsville Hampton Cove are also reserved under
Forest Health Training. 
Call 1-256-532-2110 or visit their webpage to make a reservation.
 
 
South Alabama Workshop
- July 18-19 at the Solon Dixon Forestry Center near Andalusia
 
Registration ($25) includes snacks, lunch and dinner on day 1, and breakfast on day 2. Registration is capped at 50 people. Initial pre-registration (for NRCS, AFC and ACES training) will close April 7. 
 
Hotel accommodations:
Rooms are available at the Solon Dixon Center ($35/night for private room, $25/night for bunk style rooms).  Call 334-222-7779 to make a reservation.
 
 
To register for either workshop:  Call Kelly Knowles at 334-844-1010
.
 
 
 
FOREST HEALTH, INVASIVE SPECIES, AND SILVICULTURE TRAINING
 

Day1

Time

Topic

 

8:30-9:00

Registration/Welcome/Announcements

 

9:00-9:45

What is and what influences forest health?
· Forest health defined
oTerms
oPrivate, social cost of poor health
· Factors impacting forest health
oDrought
oPast land use
oManagement
oSilviculture
oPests
Gathering information from landowners
· Diagnostics by phone
oWhat information do I need?
oWhat questions to ask?
Assisting in trapping / Data collection
· Importance of on-the-ground help
· Common methods
oTips for success

 

9:45-10:15

Emerging threats
· ID, signs, symptoms, distribution, and management will be covered for each
o Laurel wilt
o Thousand cankers disease

 

10:15-10:30

Break

 

10:30-11:00

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
·  Threat in natural and urban areas
·  Distribution
·  ID, signs, symptoms
·  Management/treatment options
·  Mitigation once EAB has moved through

 

11:00-12:00

Invasive plants
· ID, signs, symptoms, distribution, and management will be covered for each
·  Cogongrass
·  Chinese tallowtree
·  Japanese climbing fern
·  Privet
·  Etc.

 

12:00-12:45

Lunch (provided)

 

12:45-1:30

Fungi
· ID, signs, symptoms, and management will be covered for each topic
· Fusiform rust
· Annosum root rot
· Brown spot needle blight
· Butt rot
· Pitch canker

Day 1

Time

Topic

 

1:30-2:00

Bark beetles … Ips/SPB/BTB
· Compare and contrast
o Factors that influence populations
o Prevention is key
o No eliminating beetles once they’re there

 

2:00-2:15

Break

 

2:15-2:45

Pine regeneration pests
· ID, signs, symptoms, and management will be covered for each topic
· Pales weevil
· Nantucket pine tip moth

 

2:45-3:15

Defoliators
· ID, signs, symptoms, distribution, and management will be covered for each
· Coneworm
· Sawflies
· Tent caterpillars

 

3:15-4:00

Littleleaf disease
·         Causes
·         Influence of soils
·         Management

 

3:30-4:00

Oak pests
· Common wood borers
· Common defoliators and miners
· Oak wilt
· Oak anthracnose
· Actinopelte leaf spot
· Oak leaf blister

 

4:00

Wrap-up and adjourn

 

 

 

Day 2

Time

Topic

 

8:00-8:30

Announcements/housekeeping

 

8:30-11:30

Field trip
·         The field trip will focus on identification and management of invasive plants, including cultural and chemical control methods.  Native bark beetles and fungi will also be covered, as will invasive species (e.g. laurel wilt).

 

11:30

Wrap-up and adjourn