Does your town have a First Detector? If not, help us recruit someone from your community to attend an upcoming training.
The Forest Pest First Detector Program trains citizen scientists to help prepare Vermont for the arrival of invasive forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle. First Detectors serve as a liaison between their community, and federal and state partners by helping with education and outreach, volunteer recruitment, pest screening and preparing their community for a pest infestation.
This past year we trained 93 volunteers across the state from Newport to Bennington. The next in-person trainings will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, May 18th (rain date May 19th) 9:30am-4:30pm, NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Charleston, VT
Saturday, June 8th (rain date June 9th), 9:30am-4:30pm, Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert, VT
To assist you in making sure someone from your community takes advantage of this program, we have provided the following promotional materials:
A course brochure (attached)
A short blurb about the course (attached), to be posted in calendar of events, included in town newsletters, Front Porch Forum, listservs or online news