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Eyes On The Forest  
Presented by Josh Shields  
May 3, 2017, 6:00 until 8:00 pm
United Methodist Church Pavilion
Located behind the church at 5810 Bryant Rd, Ludington
 
   
Eyes on the Forest (EOTF) is a great program that allows you to monitor your trees and provide useful information for the protection of our trees in forests, backyards, and other areas.  This program was launched in 2015 as a project led by Michigan State University and funded by the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.  The overall aim is for residents of Michigan to learn more about the risks and impacts of invasive forest pests by monitoring their own trees.  
   
One main goal of EOTF is for residents to monitor their trees for three target pests:  
  Asian Longhorn Beetle,  
  Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and  
  Thousand Cankers Disease.  
Asian Longhorn Beetle attacks maple trees and numerous other trees, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid affects only eastern hemlock, and Thousand Cankers Disease affects black walnut. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is already spreading on hemlock trees in Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana Counties whereas the other two pests have not yet been detected in Michigan.  All three of these pests kill the host trees so are very serious threats to our forest resources in Michigan.  
   
 Participation from residents like you can help us create a unified front whereby we can detect these pests early enough and do something about it, before too much damage occurs. But EOTF is not just about these pests; you can monitor any tree for any issue!  Reporting is an easy process.  
   
We encourage you to attend this training event led by Josh Shields, Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) Forester with the Manistee and Mason-Lake Conservation Districts, and A Few Friends of the Environment of the World (AFFEW).  
   
The purpose of the training event is to help you become familiar with identification of these forest pests, as well as how to report your observations. There will be an indoor session about EOTF, and an outdoor session where you will learn how to record data for reporting and tracking your own trees.  
   
Once you have selected trees to monitor and are comfortable observing them for signs of these forest pests, you will report your results on the Michigan Invasive Species Network (MISIN) website.  
   
Forest invaders are some of the most serious threats to our forest resources so your participation is critical to the conservation of such resources!  
   
Josh Shields is the forester for the Manistee and Mason-Lake Conservation Districts.   
In October of 2014. Josh received a B.S. in applied ecology and environmental science, M.S. in forest ecology and forest management, and Ph.D. in forestry (focus was on forest ecology and invasive species ecology and management).   
   
 Josh’s primary responsibility is to coordinate the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) for private landowners in Manistee County, Mason County, and a portion of Lake County.  
   
A native of Michigan, his experience ranges from forest inventory and timber sales, plant and animal habitat surveys and management, and ecological research and education. Josh is a Certified Forester with Society of American Foresters (SAF) and has recently applied to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society (TWS).   
   
Josh thoroughly enjoys using his education and experience to help members of the community with habitat-related questions and concerns.  
For more information, contact Josh at 231-889-9666 (Office, Manistee Conservation District), 989-220-9236 (Mobile) or by emailing him at joshua.shields@macd.org.  
   
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