LUFKIN — Set Feb. 4 in Lufkin, a forestry pest management clinic will offer basic information that professional foresters can put to practical use, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
Held at the Angelina AgriLife Extension office on 2201 South Medford Dr.
Lufkin, the educational meeting will allow participants to earn five continuing education units toward renewal of their Texas Department of Agriculture pest applicator’s license, five Continuing Forestry Education credits toward the Society of American Foresters accreditation, and five Texas Pro-Logger hours.
Registration for the program is $40 per person and can be paid at the door, but participants must RSVP no later than Feb. 1 by calling 936-634-6414, extension 100, and leaving their name and contact information. A catered lunch, break refreshments and educational materials are included in the registration fee.
Cary Sims, AgriLife Extension agent for Angelina County and one of the organizers of the event, said the continuing education units overlap. Depending upon their licensing and accreditation, an individual participant could earn a total of 15 hours continuing education units.
“It is really a great deal for professional foresters,” Sims said.
Dr. Eric Taylor, AgriLife Extension forester and one of the presenters, said though opportunities for earning pesticide applicator license credits abound, the Feb. 4 event is one of the few chances foresters have to do so and get professional training.
Taylor also noted the training will be “robust” and of practical application. Though the the programming is designed for the professional forester rather than the forestry landowner, private landowners are welcome to attend too.
“We wanted to get back to the basics and give thorough instruction of how to apply pesticides and when,” he said. “Many landowners are more involved than others and we certainly don’t want to discourage them from attending.”
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Program topics and presenters include:
– “Forest Pesticide Basics,” Mike Blazer, Louisiana State University, and Taylor.
– “Control Methods for Regeneration Pests,” Don Grosman, Texas Forest Service.
– “State and Federal Pesticide Regulator Update,” Ron Hufford, Texas Forestry Association.
– “Control Methods for Invasive Species Update,” George Bieber, Red River Specialties, Inc.
The clinic will end at 2 p.m.