New forest health diagnostic resource available for Southeast

A new forest health diagnostic resource for county extension agents in the Southeast!  Dr. Jiri Hulcr (University of Florida) and Dr. Dave Coyle (Southern Regional Extension Forestry) have created the Southern Forest and Tree Health Diagnostics page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernTreeHealthDiagnostics/

This group seeks to harness the collective knowledge of forest health experts throughout the Southeast to answer questions and make diagnoses from users who upload their tree health issues.  Submitting a question or issue is free and easy – users need only to upload a few cellphone pictures and give a short description of the issue.  Experts generally get back within 1-2 business days.

 

Webinar: Southern Pine Beetle Biology, Ecology, and Management

You are invited to attend the latest Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program

Title: Southern Pine Beetle Biology, Ecology, and Management

What will you learn? 
This webinar will cover basic biology, ecology, and management of the southern pine beetle (SPB). While the focus of the webinar will be the southeastern U.S., attention will be given to the recent encroachment of SPB into the northeastern states. learn more here… Continue reading

Where do you get your firewood?

The Southern Regional Extension Forestry program is conducting a survey about people’s awareness of forest and tree health issues. By answering a few questions about these issues, your firewood use habits, and where you’ve recently learned about the issues, program staff hopes to gain insight as to how to effectively engage with the public and how to improve in the future.

This survey should only take 10 minutes. The first page asks about your firewood purchasing practices. The second page asks about your knowledge of invasive forest insects. All answers will be kept completely confidential. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Link to survey.

Interested in forest health? Here are some webinars on demand

The Southern Regional Extension Forestry Program sponsors and produces webinars on various aspects of forest health. On November 17 and 1 PM Eastern, the program will sponsor a webinar on Heterobasidion root disease. Other webinars that are available at their website include:

  • Chinese tallowtree
  • Laurel wilt
  • Gypsy moth
  • Emerald ash borer
  • Cogongrass
  • Oak wilt

You can find these webinars at http://southernforesthealth.net/webinars . Webinars are archived on this page about a week after they air.

Webinar on the management of oak wilt in the Southeast

oakwiltwebinar-previewimageThe Southern Regional Extension Forestry Forest Health Program will host a webinar entitled “The Biology, Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Management of Oak Wilt in the Southeastern U.S.” on Wednesday, October 26 at 1 pm EST.  This webinar will cover the identification, biology, and management of oak wilt, with emphasis on the southeastern U.S.  Oak wilt is a lethal disease of oaks (Quercus spp.) caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum.  This disease is prevalent throughout the eastern U.S., and is the most serious on trees in the red oak family (e.g. red oak, black oak, pin oak, etc.).  Ceratocystis fagacearum is an introduced (non-native or exotic) fungus, is transmitted by insects, and can travel through root grafts to infect neighboring trees.  Attendees to this webinar will learn how to identify oak wilt (and distinguish it from similar oak maladies) and what to do once it’s infected a tree.  Management options, including chemical, will be covered.

Link to webinar:  http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/oak-wilt-identification-biology-and-management

ISA and SAF CEUs are available.

Webinar on emerald ash borer April 20

You are invited to attend a Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program – David Coyle; co-sponsored by EAB University – Robin Usborne.

Title: Emerald ash borer biology, ecology, management, and implications for natural and urban forest areas in the Southeast

emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borer adult, larvae and damage

What will you learn?
 This webinar will cover biology, ecology, and management of the emerald ash borer, an invasive tree pest now present throughout much of the eastern U.S. This webinar is jointly sponsored by the SREF Forest Health and Invasive Species Program and Emerald Ash Borer University. learn more here… Continue reading

Gypsy Moth Biology, Ecology, Management, and Implications for the Southeastern U.S.

The Southern Regional Extension Forestry Forest Health and Invasive Species Program is pleased to present the 3rd webinar of spring 2015:  “Gypsy Moth Biology, Ecology, and Management and Implications for the Southeastern U.S.”  This webinar will be at 1 pm EST on March 23, and will be presented by world-renowned gypsy moth expert Dr. Sandy Liebhold of the USDA Forest Service.  The webinar is eligible for SAF and ISA CEUs, and can be accessed here:  http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/gypsy-moth-biology-ecology-and-management-and-implications-for-the-southeastern-u.s.  Please contact Dave Coyle (dcoyle@sref.info) with any questions. Continue reading