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Stop the Spread: Scout for New Invasives Citizen Science Training Series- Introduction, Citizen Science, Beech leaf disease

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Cornell Cooperative Extension- Dutchess County is hosting a series of citizen science training webinars in June. These workshops will prepare individuals such as gardeners, hikers, landscapers and forest managers to scout for different types of pests. Training will include identification, potential damage, methods of spread, monitoring and management of these pests and diseases. Trainees will be asked to be “boots on the ground” to assist in the detection of the pests and to report them using the NYS DEC iMapInvasives mobile application.

This June 9 webinar will focus on beech leaf disease. Beech leaf disease (BLD) affects the native American beech (Fagus grandifolia), an important tree in our forests and landscapes, as well as other beeches. It can cause mortality in saplings in as little as one year and spreads rapidly. In 2019 it was found in our region, Long Island and Connecticut.

CCE Dutchess County will deliver the training via Zoom, 9:30 – 11:00. Click here to register for the series.

Here is a list of the remaijning webinars as part of this series. 

Date Topic
Tuesday, June 9 Introduction, Citizen Science, Beech leaf disease
Thursday, June 11 Spotted lanternfly (SLF)
Tuesday, June 16 Jumping worms
Thursday, June 18 iMapInvasives, Call to Action.

Questions can be addressed to Joyce Tomaselli, CCEDC,, 845-677-8223 ext. 134

This program is part of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management’s efforts to stop the spread of invasive species in the Lower Hudson Valley.