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UNCE workshop helps you spot bark beetle trouble

Posted 5/4/2012

Gail Durham looking at tree for bark beetles.

Fire-damaged trees more susceptible to infestations, death can be saved

Landowners whose landscapes may have been damaged by the Washoe or Caughlin fires may find their trees are more susceptible to attacks from bark beetles, which can further weaken the trees or even kill them.

To find out which of your trees may be in danger of an attack, attend a two-hour workshop at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices in Reno, Carson City or Gardnerville from 9-11 a.m. Monday (May 7).

The workshop will be presented by Gail Durham, a Nevada Division of Forestry Forest Health specialist. The workshop will be live in the UNCE Reno office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno and transmitted via interactive video to UNCE offices in Carson City (2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 15) and Gardnerville (1329 Waterloo Lane).

Durham explained that trees become stressed by fire and are more likely to be attacked by beetles. This, in turn, cause bark beetle populations to rise dramatically, putting more trees at risk. Durham’s workshop helps you determine which trees are at risk and how to prevent the physical and fungal damage bark beetles can cause. This training may provide continuing education units to professional green industry workers.

The workshop is part of UNCE’s Green Industry Continuing Education Series, which provides current, accurate and useful information to Nevada’s green industry in way that respects green industry members’ fast-paced schedules.

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should contact Ashley Andrews, 775-784-4848 or andrewsa@unce.unr.edu prior to the workshop.

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