The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detectors training program is designed to help identify the occurrence of Emerald Ash Borer and other forest pests in Minnesota. Other pests to be discussed include spongy (aka. gypsy) moth, Asian longhorned beetle, Japanese barberry and round leaf (aka. Oriental) bittersweet.
First Detector volunteers are the front line of defense against likely infestations. After completing the training, their commitments include:
- Being accessible to the public for questions.
- Ability to conduct site visits if necessary.
- Reporting forest pest-related activities.
Everyone is welcome to attend the training, even if you are unable to commit to volunteering.
Forest Pest First Detector workshops are jointly produced and sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota Extension.