UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2023 (Webinar #3)

9:00 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, February 22, 2023

9:00 - 10:15 AM: Beech Leaf Disease: and the Newly Described Nematode That Causes It
Dr. Robert Marra, Associate Agricultural Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
This presentation will discuss what is currently known about the biology of the foliar nematode (Litylenchus crenatae, subspecies mccannii) causing beech leaf disease (BLD).  The disease, which impacts both American and European beech, was first observed in Ohio in 2012, though the nematode was not confirmed as the cause until 2019.  First detected in MA in 2020, BLD is now found as far south as VA and north to ME. Common misconceptions and the latest science to be discussed. Studies looking for effective management techniques are underway and will be briefly summarized.

10:30 - 11:45 AM: Invasive Forest Insects in Massachusetts
Nicole Keleher, Director, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Forest Health Program
Join us to hear about the current status of invasive insects in our forests. We will discuss what we saw in 2022, what to expect in 2023, and some of the projects the DCR Forest Health Program has been focusing on. Learn how to identify common forest pests and what steps you can take to protect our trees. 

Click here(link is external) to register for this live webinar (Webinar ID: 161-413-083).

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.