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Woodlands workshop identifies invasive insect

Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.—WOODSTOCK— The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park will hold its next Working Woodlands Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Monitoring will be held at the Forest Center of the park, and is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome!

Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a destructive invasive insect that has already been detected in southern Vermont, including Windsor County. Join us for this three-hour workshop to learn how to identify HWA-infested hemlocks and what landowners can do to detect and slow the spread of this insect pest. Jim Esden, forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, will begin the workshop with an indoor discussion and then head outdoors to use statewide surveying protocol to monitor the park’s hemlocks.

Participants should dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle, snack, and snowshoes, if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. The event will continue snow or shine. Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association, this event is eligible for CFE credits from the Society of American Foresters and has been assigned three (3.0) Category 1 credits.

Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.

Pre-register as space is limited. RSVP with how many are coming, by calling 802-457-3368 ext. 222 or visit

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