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In response to the growing threat of invasive pests to Vermont’s forests, state and federal partners identified a need to train local volunteers to assist with outreach, education, and local surveying and planning efforts. To address this need, the partners developed Vermont's Forest Pest First Detectors (FPFD) program. FPFD volunteers are on the front line of defense against forest pest infestations. This course will cover the importance of Forest Pest First
Detectors and what they do; basic information on the life cycle, signs and
symptoms of specific pests; how to report suspected infestations; and opportunities
for volunteering and educating others in your community. This course will cover
emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid and elongate hemlock scale, and Asian
longhorned beetle. Other pests will be covered in future versions of the
Who should participate?
This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about invasive forest insects, look for them, and educate others about them. This is an introductory level course intended for people with little to no prior experience with invasive insects or who are looking for a refresher to a prior Forest Pest First Detector course. * Please note: no continuing education credits be offered for this course.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Understand and explain the threats posed by invasive forest pests.
- Identify the host trees, signs and symptoms, and common look-alikes of emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, elongate hemlock scale, and Asian longhorned beetle.
- Locate information on VTinvasives.org and other resources on invasive forest pests.
- Submit reports of suspect infested trees or pests to VTinvasives.org
- Participate in volunteer opportunities to prepare for or address these pests in your community.
Course Dates: July 19 – August 29
- This is a free, self-paced course, designed to introduce participants to basic concepts and resources
- It is composed of six sections, each with optional exercises to test your knowledge
- Each section has videos and content that are to be completed on your own schedule
- Live optional webinar discussions: July 20, July 22, July 30, August (date TBD)
- Teacher: Ginger Nickerson
With the newly updated tree warden statutes in place and the constant,
emerging challenges with public tree management, the Vermont Urban &
Community Forestry Program has developed the Vermont Tree Warden School.
This online course is designed for tree wardens and decision makers in communities to learn how to better manage their public tree resources. Focus will be on understanding the role and responsibilities of the tree warden, identifying trees a public resource, and connecting with stakeholders in your municipality.
Who can join?
This course is designed for all Vermont Tree Wardens (newly appointed or veterans). Other decision makers such as municipal staff, select board members, conservation commission members and interested tree enthusiasts may also attend. Please note the content will focus solely on the responsibilities of the appointed tree warden. See course objectives below.
- Define tree warden responsibility.
- Identify partners and stakeholders in public tree management.
- Identify 3 challenges and 3 opportunities for tree management in your community.
- Explored VT Urban & Community Forestry resources and documents.
- Identify strategies and next steps in your municipality’s tree management.
- Teacher: Gwen Kozlowski
The Professional Loggers Program (PLP) is a voluntary certification program for New Hampshire's loggers. This program teaches basic silviculture, wildlife management, and improving forestland aesthetics. It also teaches forest professionals about laws that govern their work and regulations that need to be followed. Another very important aspect of this course is safety. Every participant receives instruction in basic first aid, CPR, AED and techniques for operating safely and productively. Certified loggers will have the basic understanding and knowledge necessary to improve their working relationship with New Hampshire's forestry community.
Maple Business Planning
Instructor: Mark Cannella (University of Vermont Extension Associate Professor)
This four session course will guide participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session will review concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students will prepare sections of their own plan over the four week time-frame of the course.
This course runs November 3rd - November 24th 2020 (online archive closes 12/31/20)
Contact Mark Cannella via email with any questions: Mark.Cannella@uvm.edu
- Teacher: Tom Leahey
Forest Farming Online is designed to train technical service providers (e.g., service foresters with government agencies, Extension professionals, forest management consultants), but is freely available to the public. This course begins with one introductory module, which you must complete first. It includes information pertaining to the basics of forest farming and takes approximately one hour to complete. A series of video and webinar clips from the coalition’s YouTube and webinar library have been compiled to present key forest farming considerations such as, what is it?, how do you do it?, what crops are popular?, how do you add value?, etc. Questions are included for you to complete along the way. Module 1 is expected to take approximately one hour to complete and it guides users to videos that follow a specific list of topics in the curriculum. Questions are linked to specific videos or video segments within topics in the outline. You should plan on spending about 20 minutes per topic.
For more information contact:
John Munsell, Virginia Tech/Virginia Cooperative Extension, email@example.com
Brent Peterson SREF/UGA, firstname.lastname@example.org
William Hubbard SREF/UGA email@example.com
The Introduction to Southeastern Prescribed Fire course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental basics of prescribed burning in Southeastern forested ecosystems. At the end of the course the student should have a working knowledge of fire law, fire terminology, fire prescriptions, fire safety, firebreaks, smoke management and a basic understanding of how to conduct a prescribed burn. This course is not intended to take the place of state Certification courses, workshops, or experience in the field. Rather, it is intended to give students a basic understanding of the principles of prescribed fire and fire effects.
eLearn Urban Forestry is a self-led, online, distance learning program geared speciifcally toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees. The program is comprised of ten learning modules: The Benefits and Costs of the Urban Forest; Tree Growth and Development; Urban Soils; Site, Tree Selection and Planting; Arboriculture; Assessing and Managing Tree Risk; Tree Disorder Diagnosis and Management; Trees and Construction; Public Policy and Urban Forestry; and Urban Forest Management.
For more information or to enroll, contact Leslie Boby, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, University of Georgia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Teacher: Leslie Boby