Forest Pest Training & ID session for homeowners and others

Date(s) - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center


The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, will hold a two-part Forest Pest Training and ID session on Oct. 28 and 29.

This multi-agency educational effort is open to the general public, homeowners, Master Gardener volunteers, and anyone concerned about invasive introductions to New York.

Part one of the program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown. Experts from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets will be covering the life history, identification and detection of the Asian long-horned beetle, the emerald ash borer and other forest pests. The focus will be on the early detection of forest pests that are threatening New York’s home landscapes, agriculture, nurseries and natural areas.

The second part of the workshop, held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, will be field visits to high-risk sites in and around the Jamestown area. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown where the group will be dispersed into several scouting parties led by Agriculture & Market experts. Participants will perform visual surveys looking for signs & symptoms of the various forest pests.

Please be prepared to be outside during the field survey.

Participants don’t need to attend both parts of this workshop, but it is highly encouraged.

The training is sponsored by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Forest Pests Outreach and Survey Project and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

There is no charge for the training but preregistration is appreciated. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 28 to Betsy Burgeson at (716) 664-9502 x 204 or