Back to 2022 MMA Environmental Challenges Feb Webinar Vid
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Presenters: Gary Fish, State Horticulturalist, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry; Jan Santerre, Project Canopy Coordinator, Maine Forest Service; Thomas Schmeelk and Michael Parisio, Forest Entomologists, Maine Forest Service; John Pietroski, Board of Pesticides Control; Angela Mech, Professor of Entomology, University of Maine; Aram Calhoun, Professor of Wetland Ecology, University of Maine; Jessica Jansujwicz, Research Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, University of Maine
This 3-part session will cover Browntail Moth, the Emerald Ash Borer and Vernal Pools.
PARTS 1 & 2: Best Practices for Managing Emerald Ash Borer & Browntail Moth
The emerald ash borer and browntail moth have garnered a great deal of attention over the past few years as municipalities struggle with how to manage them safely and effectively. During this session, representatives from the Maine Forest Service and the Board of Pesicides Control will:
- Review management options and resources for Maine municipalities responding to emerald ash borer;
- Provide an overview of areas regulated for emerald ash borer in Maine and best management practices for solid waste handlers;
- Address major regulations regarding insecticide management of browntail moth and emerald ash borer;
- Provide an update on the current browntail moth situation in Maine and actions municipalities can take in combating browntail moth infestations, including utilizing new tools and resources available to municipalities
This session will close with a report on the current browntail moth research happening at the University of Maine.
PART 3: Vernal Pools: Managing Sensitive Resources at the Local Level
Wetland regulations are often difficult for citizens to navigate as rules for wetland permitting may vary among local, state, and federal agencies. For small or wooded wetlands such as vernal pools, regulations are not sufficient for maintaining the long-term vitality of the ecosystem. Local, place-based stewardship of wetland resources will lead to the best conservation outcomes. Professors Calhoun and Jansujwicz will present an innovative vernal pool conservation strategy available to New England towns that addresses both economic and conservation concerns for municipalities. They will discuss how the tool is used and how municipalities can help resolve some local challenges.