This Illinois First-Detector Tree-Pest Training Program will be held at the following locations:
•Springfield, U of I Extension conference room, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•Quad Cities, Deere-Wiman Carriage House, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•Mt. Vernon, U of I Extension conference room, March 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•Collinsville, U of I Extension conference room, March 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•Champaign, U of I Extension conference room, March 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Registration is $25; lunch will be provided. This fee will help cover the program costs as well as provide funding to continue this program on an annual basis. Registration is not open at this time but will be held at the host U of I Extension office.
Each participant will receive a binder of EAB, TCD, and invasive plant information. A special feature will be key tree drawings (provided by Jean Burridge) to aid in identifying ash, walnut, or "look-alike" trees. Additional online training modules covering topics that will not be discussed during the one day program will be available to program participants prior to training.
All participants will receive a certificate stating that they are Illinois First Detectors. This program is made possible by an Illinois IPM Grant and was developed by a special committee: Stephanie Porter, U of I plant clinic diagnostician and outreach coordinator, Kelly Estes, U of I agricultural pest survey coordinator, Travis Cleveland, U of I extension specialist in the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP), Jay Hayek, U of I extension specialist in forestry, David Shiley, U of I extension educator, Andi Dierich, Morton Arboretum Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project, Emily Hanson, Sothern Illinois University urban and community forester, and Jean Burridge, U of I Plant Clinic staff and certified arborist.