UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2023 (Webinar #1)

9:00 a.m. 11:45 a.m. (ET)

This is an online event

Event date/time: 

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 9:00am
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 9:00am
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 9:00am

Event Type: Online

Price: Free (grant subsidized)


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

9:00 - 10:15 AM: Forest Pest Risk is Heating Up with Climate Change
Audrey Barker-Plotkin, Senior Scientist and Site & Research Manager, Harvard Forest
Insect pests and pathogens, and climate change, each threaten forest health. But what happens when the two are combined? Climate change brings pests to new areas, makes pests more damaging, reduces trees’ defenses to pests, and can alter how forests recover after pest disturbance. Strategies for managing the combined impacts of forest pests and climate change include preventing new pest introductions, resisting pest spread by treating individual trees and diversifying forest stands, promoting more resilient forests that can rebound from pests, and helping forests transition to a state better adapted to our future climate.

10:30 -11:45 AM: Spotted Lanternfly Updates for Massachusetts from MA Department of Agricultural Resources
Elizabeth Barnes, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, MA Department of Agricultural Resources
The MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) will provide updates on the current status of the invasive spotted lanternfly in Massachusetts. A brief review of the biology, hosts, and identification of this insect will be discussed. Presenters will also discuss the established populations of this insect in MA along with MDAR survey and response efforts. 

Click here(link is external) to register for this live webinar (Webinar ID: 823-284-347).


Please note: while participants from anywhere are invited to attend, much of the material presented will be specific to Massachusetts and New England.


Pesticide contact hours

For 1/25: 1 pesticide contact hour for categories 25, 27 and 31 or 2 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 35, 36, 48 and Applicators (core) license. For 2/8: 2 pesticide contact hours for categories 25, 27, 29, 31, 35, 36, 48 and Applicators (core) license. For 2/22: 2 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 35, 36, 48 and Applicators (core) license. Credits are valid for all New England states for equivalent categories. Pesticide contact hours are available for the live webinars only, not for viewing the archived recordings. 

Association Credits

1 MCH credit for each day (live webninar only); 1 MCA and 1MCLP Education Credit for each day for both the live and recorded versions. ISA, SAF, and CFE credits requested.