Forest Pest Seminar set Feb. 14 in Lufkin

Modern tree injection systems like this one can protect high-value trees from wood-boring insects, according to Dr. Eric Taylor, Texas A&M Forest Service silviculturist, Overton. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Eric Taylor)

Modern tree injection systems like this one can protect high-value trees from wood-boring insects, according to Dr. Eric Taylor, Texas A&M Forest Service silviculturist, Overton. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Eric Taylor)

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu

LUFKIN – A seminar set Feb. 14 in Lufkin will review pest control measures for forests under drought and extreme environmental stressors, said Cary Sims, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Angelina County.

The meeting is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Texas A&M Forest Service. Registration is $50 and includes a noon meal and educational materials. Registration will start at 8 a.m. with the meeting adjourning by 2 p.m. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Sims’ office at 936-634-6414, extension 100.

Registered Texas Pro Loggers will earn five continuing education units toward renewal of their certification. Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license holders can earn five continuing education units towards renewal of their licenses. And registered Society of American Forestry members can receive five continuing forestry education units.

“Weakened forests are more susceptible to insects, diseases and competing vegetation that lead to growth losses and often the death of large numbers of trees under environmental extremes,” said Dr. Eric Taylor, Forest Service silviculturist, Overton. “Identifying the correct causal agent — whether insect, disease or weed — and applying the correct integrated pest management treatment is hugely important under increased environmental pressure.”

Presentation topics and speakers will be: Forestry IPM, Allen Smith, Texas Forest Service; and Success Versus Failure with Forestry Herbicide Applications, Dr. Mike Blazier, Louisiana State University Ag Center, Baton Rouge.

The luncheon speaker will be State Rep. Trent Ashby, Lufkin, who will give an update on legislation affecting Texas forestry resource management.

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