BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials are holding free training sessions for volunteers interesting in scouting their community forests for invasive pests.
Vermont's Forest Pest First Detector Program will hold two training sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Twin Valley Elementary School in Wilmington on May 17 and at Essex High School in Essex Junction on June 7.
The invasive species volunteers will be looking for are the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. State officials say that detecting these pests early helps to minimize the impact they can cause.
The training is sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension, Vermont state agencies and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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