Highlights: bullet point. The workshop started Monday afternoon with a poster set up and a Monday evening icebreaker social. A fungal foray on Monday afternoon yielded many nice specimens.

Fungal foray. Fungal foray.
Finding specimens on the fungal foray.
bullet point. Formal sessions started Tuesday morning with discussions on recent research findings in native and exotic forest pest problems.
Topics included:
  • Maintenance of Deer Population and Forest Management,
  • Impact of Wind Disturbance of Forest Insect Populations in Northern MN,
  • Use of Spatial Data to Assess Oak Health in Urban Areas,
  • Recent Research on Pine Bark Beetles,
  • White pine blister rust resistance in NW WI Seed Orchard,
  • Recent research and findings on butternut canker
  • Biological control of chestnut blight at West Salem, WI,
  • Recent research on gypsy moth and the biological control of gypsy moth,
  • History and status of annosum root rot in WI,
  • Research update on pine shoot beetle and
  • Asian longhorned beetle: research update and communication strategies.

Listening to Presentations
in the main meeting room.
Main meeting room.
bullet point. Following tradition, we had a slide contest. Check out the winners!
  bullet point. On Wednesday, we had a lovely sunny day for a full-day field trip. Stops included the USDA Forest Service ozone and carbon dioxide research plots, pests of Scotch pine, and shoot blights and jack pine budworm on the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest.
  bullet point. On Wednesday evening, Dr. Robert Blanchette gave a special dinner talk on Wood Deterioration in Sunken Logs of Lake Superior to the Historic Huts of Antarctica.
  bullet point. On Thursday, short papers and state and provincial updates were presented. Topics covered in the short presentations included: Diversity of wood-inhabiting fungi in northern hardwoods, Resistance of Eastern white pine to WPBR, Bark beetle predators associated with healthy red pine stands, Nitidulid beetles implicated in overland transmission of oak wilt, Status of dogwood anthracnose in native dogwood stands, Molecular probes to detect Rhabdocline in Douglas fir, Long term impacts of Black Spruce Mistletoe, and Etiology of bronze leaf disease of Populus.
  bullet point. Twenty-three posters were on display throughout the meeting.
Thanks Many thanks to Kyoko Shimizu of the Wisconsin DNR and all the folks who helped her to organize a terrific NCFPW!  

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