I am available to give presentations on:
Forest Management to increase forest health
Forest Pests and Diseases
Oak Wilt & local ordinances to stop the spread of oak wilt
Firewise: Creating Defensible Space around your Home or Cabin
& I am part of the Roscommon Community Garden
“Eyes on the Forest”
A project to prevent the spread of exotic invasive forest pest species into Michigan’s forests.
Some of the most damaging invasive pests kill the plants or trees they feed on,
triggering a cascade of changes that affect other animals and other types of vegetation.
Recent estimates show economic costs of invasive forest insects in the U.S. exceed $4 billion annually.
Moreover, most of these costs are borne by city governments and homeowners (Aukema et al. 2011).
However, thanks to funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, educators and researchers at Michigan State University
are launching a statewide effort to help residents learn about the risks and impacts of invasive forest pests, entitled “Eyes on the Forest: Invasive Forest Pest Risk Assessment, Communication and Outreach,”
this project links research, outreach and communication activities through the MSU
Department of Entomology and Michigan State University Extension. Through this grant, MSU
is developing educational and outreach activities to target three major invaders that pose serious threats to Michigan trees and forests if they become established and spread. The target pests include: Asian Longhorned Beetle
; Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
; and Thousand Cankers Disease
of walnut. All three of these invasive pests can kill their host trees and if they do invade Michigan, they could become a devastating problem.
Volunteers are needed to select and periodically examine a tree to watch for signs or symptoms of exotic invasive pests that pose a threat to Michigan’s forests and urban trees. This network will be connected with the Michigan Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN). One of the unique aspects of this project will be the creation of a network of “Sentinel Trees” across the state. The ultimate goal is to create a network of trained volunteers who agree to “adopt” an individual tree, then periodically monitor and report on the condition of the tree over time. An extensive volunteer network greatly increases the chances that new pests or other problems will be detected early, before substantial damage occurs.
We are looking for people who are interested in serving as a Michigan Sentinel Tree volunteer.
Please send the names of any interested volunteers to;
Russ KiddOutreach Coordinator
Dr. Deb McCulloughProfessor, MSUDepartments of Entomology and Forestry
Thank you for your help and interest in the Michigan Eyes on Forest Project!
For more information on any Natural Resources Education (Forestry, etc), 4-H Program or Nutrition Education (SNAP Programs), call the Roscommon MSUE office at: (989) 275-5043 - Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.