2016 Illinois First Detector Workshops

We are pleased to announce the dates for the first detector workshops.  Topics will in 2016 will cover insect invaders of forests, boxwood blight, and jumping worms.  Learn more about your role as a first detector, and whats new with the Illinois Exotic Weed Act.  Back by popular demand is the Q & A lunch session where speakers update participants on previous topics and open the floor to your questions.  Plan on joining us in one of these locations - more information on how to register will be available in the coming months.

 As in previous years, these in-depth training sessions will cover material that includes:

Once again, those attending will also take part in hands-on activities, which will allow attendees to examine these pests and diseases in more detail.

The target audience includes certified arborists, tree care professionals, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, forestry and natural resource professionals, conservationists, and others with an interest in trees.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for:  IAA Certified Arborists, Continuing Forestry Education Credits, Illinois Professional Lawn Care Association, Master Gardener, and Master Naturalist.

Workshops will be held at the following locations:




This program and materials are based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2014-70006-22557and coordinated by Kelly Estes, state survey coordinator, IL CAPS Program at the Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, and Diane Plewa, Plant Clinic diagnostician and outreach coordinator, Department of Crop Sciences. Additional support for this program will be provided by Christopher Evans, the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan - invasive species campaign coordinator, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Scott Schirmer, plant and pesticide specialist supervisor, emerald ash borer program manager, Illinois Department of Agriculture.