We’re on our way to the conference! Although pre-registration has ended, you can still register online. It’s also possible to register onsite at the conference desk at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center. No matter how you register, be sure to check in and get a name tag. This year’s program lineup showcases a great group of speakers and offers plenty of continuing education credits for ISA, MCA, MCLP, CTSP, and state pesticide and forester licenses. Hope to see you in Sturbridge.
The Arbor Education Program at UMass and Stockbridge School will hold its second annual one-week intensive summer course for pre-college students who want to learn about the science and business of arboriculture and the basic skills required. Arborists are in great demand and there are multiple career opportunities for those with training and education in the field. The course will be held July 13-17, 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.umass.edu/summer/precollege.html and click on the link for “Urban Forestry”, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can influence the next Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan. Share your ideas, comments, and your votes about specific priorities. VOTE NOW. Comments are due Friday, December 19.
You have options! Registration is now available, any way you want to do it:
Register online with a credit card
Register by mail: download the fillable 2015 Registration Form, then print and mail with your payment (check-credit card-purchase order)
Register by fax: download the fillable 2015 Registration Form, then print and fax with your payment (credit card or purchase order)
Register by email: download the fillable 2015 Registration Form, then print and email (purchase orders only).
Have you seen moths flying around during late fall or early winter, or have you seen moths gathered at your porchlight? You could be seeing an invasive species known as winter moth. Help gather information about the distribution of these moths across Massachusetts by filling out the survey at the Massachusetts Introduced Pests outreach site.
Winter moth caterpillars are highly efficient tree defoliators, often stripping the leaves of oaks, maples and other hardwood trees down to lacy skeletons. In mid-to-late fall, at a time of year where insect activity is practically at a standstill, these small brown winter moths will be seen across the eastern half of the state, sometimes congregating at porch lights by the hundreds.