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McHenry County: Threats to Forest Health Workshop

  • 05/19/2012
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • MCCD Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake, IL


  • Open to all who register

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Come learn about invasive insects, diseases, and plants impacting your woods. As part of Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month, this two hour workshop will discuss how to identify these invaders, steps to prevent them from invading your property, and management recommendations.  The workshop has two segments: invasive plants, and invasive pests and diseases, both specific to northern Illinois.

Forest Invasive Plants on Your Property; Know How to Identify Them and What to Do About Them

Topics include how to identify forest invasive plants, both those that are wide spread and those that are new to the region.  Learn how to control these species and about regional programs that bring many partners together to help  limit the spread of new forest pests.  Species to be discussed include bush honeysuckles, European buckthorn, multiflora roser, garlic mustard, oriental bittersweet, Chinese yam, Japanese stiltgrass, and lesser celandine.  Participants will also be introduced to the New Invaders Watch Program.

Invasive Pests/Diseases

In conjunction with Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM), this roughly one hour segment will cover two invasive species in detail and touch on a few other pests of concern; Asian longhorn beetle, thousand cankers disease, Chinese longhorn beetle, sudden oak death and bur oak blight.  All of these species pose a significant threat to Illinois' forests and urban areas. Basic identification and symptom information will be reviewed along with current range and State efforts at reducing species introduction and impact. New efforts for raising awareness across the State will be discussed. If time allows, a brief discussion regarding these efforts from the attendees will be encouraged.

The goal of this segment is to provide a refresher in ID and symptoms of potential threats and improve awareness of the critical programs which aim to help detect the presence of future invasive pests and diseases.

This workshop will be held at 10 am at the McHenry County Conservation District's Prairieview Education Center, 2nd floor, located at 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois  60014.  The workshop is free and open to the public. 

Sponsors include the Illinois Forestry Association, River-to-River Cooperative Weed Management Area, Lake County Forest Preserves, McHenry County Conservation District, and the Morton Arboretum.

For more information, contact Andi Dierich at 630-725-2110.
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