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Forest Health Protection

Coping with the Costs

The Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts of Invasive Insects on Communities

Presentations from this meeting held September 29-30, 2009, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, are listed in their agenda order. The PowerPoint slides for each contain additional notes from the meeting. To see them, open the PowerPoint and set the view to include Speaker’s Notes. Panel discussions include PowerPoint presentations used by the panelists, and additional notes in the associated PDF documents.

About the files: some of the PowerPoint presentations are very large files – they may take a while to download. Smaller PDF files are also provided, but don’t contain any extra notes – only the slides shown. PDF files require a free reader, available here.

September 29, 2010
Emerald Ash Borer
Christopher Canning
President, Village of Wilmette, IL

Wilmette was the first community in Illinois to detect the emerald ash borer. Village President Canning relates some of their experiences since the discovery.

EAB & Other Invasive Forest Insects: 400 Years of Bad News
Deborah G. McCullough, Ph.D.
Dept. of Entomology & Dept. of Forestry, Michigan State University

Dr. McCullough discussed the history of invasive insects in the U.S., and outlined some of the work done by a Nature Conservancy working group involved in creating a database of invaders. Her presentation included a computer projection of the future spread of emerald ash borer through 2020, and the results of a new treatment plan called SLAM, for SLow Ash Mortality

Exotic and Invasive Insects and Pathogens: New and Expanding Threats
Stephen Katovich

Forest Entomologist, USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry St. Paul Field Office

Dr. Katovich provided an overview of the current status of various exotic and invasive insects and pathogens in the U.S.
The Nature Conservancy & Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases
Leigh Greenwood
Coalitions Manager, Forest Health Program, The Nature Conservancy

Ms. Greenwood spoke on the current work being done within the framework of the Continental Dialogue, and its flagship program, Don’t Move

Panel Discussion:

Who’s Pitching, Batting and Catching: How Different Agencies Can Help
Stephen Knight, Illinois State Plant Health Director

Steve Katovich, Forest Entomologist, USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry, St. Paul Field Office

William Hlubik, County Agent, Professor & County Extension Department Head, Rutgers University Cooperative Extension

Philip Marshall, Division Director, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Stephen Knight: What can you expect from USDA APHIS?

Steve Katovich: The Role of the USDA Forest Service

William Hlubik: The Role of Cooperative Extension in Education and Management of Invasive Species
Building Support for Management Practices: Public Relations Advantages
Gina Tedesco, Manager, Public Relations
Edith Makra, Arborist and Community Trees Advocate
The Morton Arboretum

Ms. Tedesco and Ms. Makra teamed up to talk about communications and techniques to reach the public through the media.

The Good, the Bad and the Potentially Helpful: How people contribute to the spread, detection and mitigation of invasive species
Colleen Teerling
Entomologist, Maine Forest Service

Ms. Teerling related experiences in Maine, training volunteers to use a small wasp, Cerceris fumipennis, to monitor for emerald ash borer.
Factors Affecting Human Responses to Exotic and Invasive Species
Paul H. Gobster
Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station-Evanston, IL

Mr. Gobster discussed human, social responses to invasives species, and how they can affect efforts to develop effective strategies for their management

EAB-U: Emerald Ash Borer University
Jodie Ellis
Purdue University

Ms. Ellis introduced a new concept in invasive training: EAB University, a series of webinars tailored to specific audiences.

Using the EAB Cost Calculator
Cliff Sadof
Department of Entomology, Purdue University

Mr. Sadof gave an overview of the EAB Cost Calculator, an on-line tool to help estimate costs for a management strategy for 25 years.

Planning for Restoration After Invasive Pests
John Parry
Urban Forester, USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry Durham Field Office

Mr. Parry talked about the aftermath of Asian longhorned beetle infestations in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Panel Discussion:

Planning for Invasive Insect Management

Marla Eddy, City Forester, Madison, WI

Cliff Sadof, Department of Entomology, Purdue University

Jim Tresouthick, Village of Homewood, IL

David Sivyer, Forestry Services Manager, Milwaukee, WI


David Sivyer: Mapping the Future for Emerald Ash Borer Readiness and Response Planning

September 30, 2010
HELP! We’re Surrounded! Pathways and Transportation Corridors for Alien Invasions
Donald A. Eggen, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Dr. Eggen’s presentation focused on how invasive species are introduced to new areas in general, and some of the specific actions taken in Pennsylvania to detect and combat them.

The Risks and Benefits of Biological Control: A Case Study of the Emerald Ash Borer
Juli Gould
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Ms. Gould shared an overview of the emerald ash borer situation, followed by a discussion of the efforts to find suitable predator and parasitoid insects from EAB’s home in China. She discussed the lab work that has led to the release of several species that may help to control EAB in the U.S.

Restoration & Planting Options to Address Emerald Ash Borer Issues
Pam Louks
Community & Urban Forestry Coordinator, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

Ms. Louks addressed some of the issues involved in recovering from an emerald ash borer infestation, including species to use as replacements, choosing the what kind of stock to use, and how to plant them.

Planning for Management of Invasives on Public Lands
Andrea Diss-Torrance, Ph.D.
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Dr. Diss-Torrance spoke of the importance of developing a management plan to deal with invasive species, with extensive “how-to” information.

The Value of Your Urban Forest: i-Tree Tools
Al Zelaya
The Davey Institute

Mr. Zelaya talked about updates to the i-Tree suite of inventory and assessment tools, and their importance in determining the value of urban forest resources and using those values to communicate to citizens.

Wood Utilization - Where We Were… Where We Are… Where We Are Going…
Jessica Simons
Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council

Ms. Simons outlined the creation of the Ash Utilization Options Project, which is finding innovative ways to use trees killed by the emerald ash borer.

Panel Discussion:
The Nature Conservancy & Continental dialogue on non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases You’ve got a problem – what do you do? BMP's for invasive insects


Joe McCarthy, Chicago Bureau of Forestry

Mark Dunteman, Urban Forestry Consultant

Andrea Diss-Torrance, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Pamela Louks, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources


Joe McCarthy: Asian Long-horned Beetle vs Emerald Ash Borer: Eradication vs Management


Andrea Diss-Torrance: Managing Invasives in Natural Areas

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