Protect our local forests – Become a First Detector! Learn How!


First Detector Training!
June 7th from 9:30-5:00 at Essex High School
(rain date – Sunday, June 8th)

Serve on the front line of defense against forest pests

Three highly invasive forest pests — the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle and hemlock woolly adelgid — have the potential to pack a crushing blow to Vermont’s woodlands and forest‐based industries. But on Saturday, June 7, Vermonters can prepare to protect the state’s forests by attending a Forest Pest First Detector training session in Essex.

Maples, ash, hemlocks and other species that could be attacked by the three invasive pests make up nearly two‐thirds of the trees in Vermont. The impacts to Vermont’s forest-based economy could be devastating:

  • Forest-based recreation, including leaf peeping, skiing and hunting, generates $1.9 billion annually in economic benefits;
  • Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup, which contributes more than $26 million annually in revenue;
  • Vermont’s forest-based manufacturing and recreation industry supports more than 20,600 jobs.

By joining a crew of committed, volunteer Forest Pest First Detectors, Vermonters can prepare their communities for a pest infestation by helping with education and outreach, volunteer recruitment, and pest screening. The June 7 training session runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Essex High School, with a rain date of Sunday, June 8.

First Detectors will receive online, classroom and field training on the following:

  • Pest biology, impacts and identification
  • Screening protocol and sample collection
  • Management options
  • Don’t Move Firewood Campaign and outreach tools

Continuing education credits are available.

The Essex Conservation Committee helped bring the training to Chittenden County after hearing about sessions in other parts of the state.

Essex High School is located at 2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, Vt. 05452. For more information or to register for the training session visit, call 1‐866‐860‐1382 (toll free in Vermont) or 802-656-7746, or email

The program is co‐sponsored by UVM Extension, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Agency of Agriculture and the USDA APHIS.

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