MA Dept. of Agriculture to offer training session for spotting ALB

The Massachusetts Dept. of Agriculture and the USDA will be at the First Baptist Church on Park Ave and Salisbury St. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to train people in spotting the signs of Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation. Admission is free and the first 50 registrants get a free ALB t-shirt.

The full press release with more info after the jump.

Last year during the Winter/Spring seasons over 25,000 trees were cut in the Asian Longhorned Beetle ( ALB) eradication effort.  This year the City of Worcester will have more infested trees cut than the city of Chicago in the eight years the USDA was overseeing eradication

The USDA needs help from all Worcester County residents to look, find and report any suspicious signs of the ALB. Undiscovered infested trees could mean 10 or more if left unreported Maple syrup is at risk Most  signs of ALB are found before the trees leaf out.

Jennifer Forman-Orth of the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, Coordinator for the Northeast Pests Survey and Outreach Project, a multi state effort launched after ALB was discovered, will be in Worcester this month, to give a hands on educational program. All attendees will receive an informational packet to help professionals and non-professionals look for signs of ALB. Educators and local government staff are encouraged to attend.

The training session will be held February 24th, 1:00 PM at The First Baptist Church, Park Avenue and Salisbury Street in Worcester.. USDA staff will answer questions about eradication.

Attendance is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

Free ALB t-shirts will be given to the first 50 registrants.

To register call: :508-755-6143, or Email Jennifer.Forman-Orth@state.ma.us.

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