Forest Pest First Detectors needed in Windham County

Does your town have a First Detector? If not, recruit someone from your community to attend an upcoming training.

The Forest Pest First Detector Program trains citizen-scientists to help prepare Vermont for the arrival of invasive forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle.

First Detectors serve as a liaison between their community and federal and state partners by helping with education and outreach, volunteer recruitment, pest screening, and preparing their community for a pest infestation.

Last year, the program trained 93 volunteers across the state from Newport to Bennington. The next in-person trainings will be held on the following dates:

• Saturday, May 18 (rain date May 19) 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Charleston.

• Saturday, June 8 (rain date June 9), 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m, Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert.

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