The Maine Forest Service Forest Health and Monitoring and Forest Policy and Management Divisions are partnering with Unity College to present a workshop on hemlock woolly adelgid and hemlock management planning.

This workshop will take place Saturday, July 9. It is geared toward landowners, foresters, loggers and others who are involved in managing and maintaining forests in coastal and central Maine.

Hemlock woolly adelgid is a non-native, invasive insect pest that has done considerable damage to hemlock trees in the eastern U.S. It does not affect other tree species. In Maine it has been found in several towns along the coast, as far north as Bristol.

The workshop will address how to identify this pest, describe its potential impacts, and discuss possible management strategies for dealing with its effects in the forest. More information on HWA is on the MFS website: maine.gov/doc/mfs/HWAOverview.htm.

The workshop is planned for 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., and will meet at Unity College, with a field session nearby. Snacks and van transportation to the field site will be provided.

There is no cost for the workshop, but interested individuals are asked to register in order to accommodate for the group. To register, contact MFS District Forester Morten Moesswilde at morten.moesswilde@maine.gov, or call 441-2895 for more information.