report an invader in your area
You can make a difference for the future of Vermont’s forests by joining a local volunteer effort. Below are a few ways to get involved.
Start in Your Own Backyard....Be a Beetle Detective
We need your help to survey the trees in your town and protect our trees from the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. The more people we have looking for these insects, the better our chances for a quick response, if and when they move into Vermont. You can contribute to real science by putting your survey results into an online database maintained by the USDA. The database records the presence and absence of EAB and ALB, allowing professionals to assess which areas have been surveyed and where further surveys need to be conducted.The survey is simple and fun.
Become a Wasp Watcher
Help us look for the emerald ash borer by monitoring nest sites of a ground-dwelling wasp (that does not sting humans) called Cerceris fumipennis. The female wasps provision their nests with metallic wood-boring beetles that they collect in trees that are near their nest sites. If the emerald ash borer is in the neighborhood of the wasp, she will collect the beetle and bring it back to her nest. Do bugs fascinate you? If so, then you’ll want to be a part of this unique volunteer opportunity.
Survey for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to inspect hemlock trees for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and report suspected sightings. If you’re interested in being out in the woods, inspecting hemlock stands and sending findings to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation then this opportunity is for you.
Become a Vermont Forest Pest First Detector
Do you have a background in forestry or natural resources? Do you want to be on the front line of defense against forest pests in your community? The Forest Pest First Detectors Program may be for you!