Maine Association of Conservation Districts is offering free regional webinars to highlight how to protect Maine forests from Invasive Forest Pests. Webinars will be presented by local Soil & Water Conservation District staff and will focus on statewide and regional pest problems. Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry staff will be on hand with information on current local forest pest management issues. The Knox-Lincoln presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 3 to 4 p.m.

There are already several invasive forest pests targeting Maine’s trees and spreading throughout the state including emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, browntail moth and winter moth.

And there are additional invasive forest pests in neighboring states that we don’t want moving to Maine, such as Asian longhorned beetle, spotted lanternfly and oak wilt, all of which have the potential for devastating effects on Maine’s forest, landscape and agricultural tree species. Join, to learn how to identify and report sightings of these potential threats – and how to keep them out of Maine.

Webinars are free and sponsored by a grant from USDA-APHIS. Participants may attend any webinar that is in their region or at the most convenient date and time.

Additional presentations are:

Thursday, Oct. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m., Cumberland area; Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 3 to 4 p.m., Penobscot area; and Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 9 to 10 a.m., (Central Aroostook area.

Pre-registration is required at

. Participants will receive information on how to join the webinar after they register. For questions or more information, contact Hildy at Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040 or