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National Invasive Species Awareness Week – Maine Events

National Invasive Species Awareness Week for 2013 will be March 3-8

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW), now in its fourth year, is an awareness week that will be marked by national, state and local events, including a major conference in Washington D.C., a public meeting by the National Invasive Species Council, Capitol Hill briefings on aquatic invasive species, and updates by federal agencies on important invasive species issues and initiatives. While the State of Maine is not recognizing the week formally, a number of activities related to invasive species and available to the public are taking place during the week. Here are 8 events and activities to observe NISAW in Maine :

  1. The 14th Annual Maine Milfoil Summit will be held on Friday, March 1, at the Lewiston-Auburn campus of the University of Southern Maine, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  The summit is free and open to the public. To register, please email and give your name and lake/organization affiliation. Please register early, since the meeting room can only hold 200 people.
  2. Maine Landscape and Nursery Association Certification Workshop, March 4, Portland; Department staff will be presenting on browntail moth, winter moth, and other tree pest problems.
  3. “Foes of the Forests: Maine’s Trees at Risk from Invasive Insects” is a new documentary highlighting the threats from invasive forest pests on the state’s forest related industries and natural resources. Featured insects are the emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, and Asian longhorned beetle.  It is available at

  4. Portland Flower Show, March 6-10, Portland Company Complex; the Department and its volunteers trained through the Invasive Forest Insect Volunteer Training Program, will be participating with the Children’s Discovery Garden, teaching about invasive forest pests.
  5. Maine Conservation Corps Trail Training program, March 8, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park; Maine Conservation Corps and Bureau of Parks and Lands; tree I.D. and Invasive Insects education day.
  6. Invasive Forest Insect Outreach Volunteer Training; Friday, March 8, 12:00 – 4:30 PM, University of Maine-Presque Isle; Department staff will train people to recognize, report and to spread awareness about the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the emerald ash borer (EAB), brown spruce longhorned beetle (BSLB) and hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA).
  7. Maine Arborists Association annual meeting; March 8, Portland; Department staff will be presenting on winter moth: a new invasive forest insect in Maine.
  8. Winter Moth Training Session, March 11, 1:00-3:00 PM, Maine Forest Service Bolton Hill Facility; a training session about winter moth for people who provide information to the public about trees or who manage public land

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Image Description: Forester Harold Burnett being interviewed for the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry video



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Maine Invasive Species Network
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 1.800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 1.800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469