Includes Weed Management Topics for Arborists by Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist, who will explore what tree care professionals should understand about weeds and weed management. The impact of turf and landscape herbicides on tree health will be discussed, as well as the role of invasive plants and related regulations.
In addition, Rick Harper, UMass Extension Assistant Professor, will present Recovering Our Urban Forests: Update on Invasive Pests (& Invasive Practices). According to a recently published study performed by the US Forest Service, America's urban forests are declining at a rate of 4.0 million trees per year. Since it is well-documented that urban trees provide many environmental and economic benefits, the effects associated with this decline may be numerous and extensive. This lecture will highlight research pertaining to important invasive pests (insects & disease like Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Dutch Elm Disease) their integrated management, as well as invasive practices commonly found impacting the health of our Urban Trees.
Credits: 4 Massachusetts pesticide contact hours for categories 36, 40, and Applicator's License available; 2 pesticide contact hours for category 37. Association credits: 3.5 ISA, 1 MCH, 3.5 SAF, and 3.5 CFE credits available. CTSP, MCA, MCLP and AOLCP credits pending.