The 2002 North Central Forest Pest Workshop was held Monday October 21 through Thursday October 24 at Trout Lodge / YMCA Camp Lakewood near Potosi, Missouri Missouri , 90 minutes southwest of St. Louis . The theme of the workshop was “Ozark Oak Decline: past, present, and future.” Technical sessions included topics on forest health in the Ozark ecosystem, as well as topics on emerging regional forest health concerns and systems for exchange of information.
Monday October 21: Began in the afternoon ( 3:30) with fungal foray led by Don Dill of the Missouri Mycological Society, followed by registration, distribution of packets, poster set-up, and evening social & karaoke.
Tuesday October 22: Indoor technical sessions began, with topics including oak decline, the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project, emerald ash borer, and the Bugwood Network. There was a hayride, chuckwagon BBQ dinner and visit from the Washington Co. Historical Society in the evening.
Wednesday October 23: Field Trip in Ozark Highlands area to view MOFEP sites, oak decline, Armillaria root disease, and a mill near Bixby.
Thursday October 24: Early risers participated in the morning Fun Run/Walk. During the morning there were additional talks on Sudden Oak Death, oak decline, and State and Provincial reports.
A poster session was available for viewing throughout the meeting.
- There were 43 registered attendees, a goodly number of hearty pest mavens considering fiscal constraints and other meetings. The actual tally for the indoor session was closer to 50, slightly less during the field trip.
- Custom mugs and long-sleeved t-shirts with the 2002 NCFPW logo were distributed to all attendees, there are still lots of cups and a few shirts available these will continue to be available for sale, look for them at next years meeting!
- The participants in the traditional fungal foray successfully collected a wide variety of mushrooms. Photos from the fungal foray can be viewed here.
- The field trip really served to reinforce our indoor session. The change from short-leaf pine to oak was discussed and management recommendations were viewed as before/after scenarios at our first couple of stops.
- Representatives from Missouri Department of Conservation and the Mark Twain National Forest really pointed out the need for careful management in response to ongoing progression of oak decline.
- A red oak borer monitoring trap was examined and even had a few exciting buprestids floating in the green propylene glycol.
- Fall color was evident throughout the winding country-side on our Ozark journey, along the way we were able to enjoy a couple of scenic points, Council Bluff Lake , before moving to our lunch destination located at beautiful Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park .
- In the afternoon we examined the physical damage caused by the red oak borer and were treated to a real diagnostic clinic on Armillaria with plenty of fruiting structures to mark its presence on site.
- Finally, we visited the mill in Bixby , MO where Jerry Lough, President, Canoak USA, Inc. gave an outstanding presentation on the impact and creative ways of dealing with the red oak borer. Jerry is very dynamic and a great entrepreneur. Photos of the field trip can be viewed here.
- At the mixer, karaoke was the highlight of the evening belting out such great hits as ‘YMCA’ & ‘Stop in the name of Love’ providing hours of laughter and entertainment.
Ozarks YMCA, combined with four great days of weather truly provided a superb backdrop for attendees to experience NCFPW Missouri style. The indoor session shed light on the historical background that continues to drive research efforts for MOFEP and oak decline throughout the ozark highlands. The red oak borer is expected to have a significant impact on the forest and wood products throughout this area in 2003. Subsequently, it was a real treat to have ‘Rusty: the Red Oak Borer’ pay us a visit and give us his perspective on life in the wood.
"Rusty the red oak borer visits NCFPW"
- The ensuing red oak borer and Armillaria talks furthered our understanding of decline events and their shaping of the landscape for the morning. In the afternoon we were updated on the NPAG process, emerald ash borer, and the Bugwood Network.
- There was good participation in the poster session with lots of good discussion, over the 13 posters that covered a wide range of topics.
Discussion during poster session.
- The YMCA had archery, canoeing, biking, hiking, fishing, mini-golf, and many other amenities to ready us for our hayride / chuck wagon BBQ in the evening. It was dark out when we ate, the food was good, and we were given a real “down home” feel for the area by Howard & Jeff Higginbotham of the Washington Co. Historical Society, who both haled from different ends of the creek.
The camp provided abundant recreational opportunities during free time!
Note: Many thanks to Sue Burks, Rob Lawrence, Dennis Haugen and Mike Roling for providing quality images along the way!
Registration and Costs
The registration fee in 2002 was $150.00 for professionals, $120 for students. This included the transportation for the field trip, an original mug, t-shirt, mixer, and chuck wagon cookout/hayride, but did not include accommodation. Accommodation costs for room/board at the camp was $54 per night for the three nights lodging and meals.
Thanks to the organizing committee
Bruce Moltzan, Chair (Missouri Department of Conservation)
Rob Lawrence (Missouri Department of Conservation )
Keith Moser (former Missouri Department of Conservation )
Johann Bruhn ( University of Missouri )
Rose-Marie Muzika ( University of Missouri )