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2006 NCFPW in Pellston, Michigan

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Overview

The 2006 North Central Forest Pest Workshop was held Monday October 2nd through Thursday October 5th at the University of Michigan Biological Station near Pellston, Michigan.  Themes for the meeting included Current Trends in Forest Health, Ash Decline, Beech Bark Disease, Firewood Movement, and Emerald Ash Borer.

Schedule
On Monday afternoon, October 2nd, the traditional fungal foray was held on the grounds of the UMBS.  Registration and check-in to cabins was available throughout the afternoon and during the evening.  A “Pest and Pathogen” mixer was held from 8-10 p.m.

Tuesday October 3rd was spent on indoor sessions highlighting new developments in forest health, ash decline, beech bark disease, and firewood movement.  After the sessions, a fun run/walk was held around the grounds.  After dinner, participants gathered by the lake for a bonfire and informal discussion.

Wednesday October 4th started off with the business meeting.  Then people divided up into vehicles and drove to the field trip sites.  Field trip stops included the EAB Inspection site on the north side of the Mackinac Bridge, ash decline and beech bark disease study and treatment sites, a young American chestnut plantation, and EAB trap tree peeling at Burt Lake State Park.

The morning of Thursday October 5th was spent on indoor sessions on Emerald Ash Borer and a series of short submitted presentations.  The session concluded with short agency reports and awards.

All meals were provided on site at the UMBS dining hall.

A detailed Agenda is providedLink icon.

Highlights
  • There were 53 registered participants.
  • Each participant received their choice of a miniature multi-tool or a hat from Cabela’s
  • At the business meeting a vote was taken to approve the draft constitution and by-laws, formalizing the organization of the NCFPW.  Officers were nominated and elected. 

    Copy of the business meeting minutes are posted HERE.   Link icon.

    Copy of the Constitution and by-laws are posted HERE.   Link icon.

Registration and Costs
The early registration cost in 2006 was $60/person; late registration was $70/person.  The meal package, which included 9 meals starting with dinner on Oct. 2 and ending with lunch on Oct. 5, plus the Pest-&-Pathogen Party and breaks, cost $64.50/person.
Accommodation in cabins or dorms at the UMBS cost $60/person for 3 nights, or $69 is UMBS provided bedding and towels.  Alternatively, some people stayed at local hotels.

Thanks to the organizing committee
Workshop Coordinator: John Witter, University of Michigan
Jennifer Stoyenoff, University of Michigan
Roger Mech and Bob Heyd, Michigan DNR
Deb McCullough, Michigan State University
Andrew Storer, Michigan Technological University

Images from the workshop:

 

Breakfast at the UMBS dining hall.
  Breakfast at the UMBS dining hall.
   
Fun Walk/Run through the wooded paths of the UMBS.  

Fun Walk/Run through the wooded paths of the UMBS.

     

 

Custom manufactured firewood disposal receptacle at the Mackinac Bridge EAB inspection site.
  Custom manufactured firewood disposal receptacle at the Mackinac Bridge EAB inspection site.
     

Discussion of beech management at a Beech Bark Disease removal area.

  Discussion of beech management at a Beech Bark Disease removal area.
     
Andrew Storer instructs NCPFW participants in how to peel trap trees to find EAB larvae and galleries.   Andrew Storer instructs NCPFW participants in how to peel trap trees to find EAB larvae and galleries.
     
Even forest pathologists (Mike Albers) can be taught to peel logs for EAB.   Even forest pathologists (Mike Albers) can be taught to peel logs for EAB.
     
EAB galleries in trap trees at Burt Lake State Park, Michigan.   EAB galleries in trap trees at Burt Lake State Park, Michigan.
     
Overlooking Douglas Lake at the UMBS   Overlooking Douglas Lake at the UMBS
     
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