Mid-Coast Currents 4/20/12

Host: John Zavodny and Sara Trunzo
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: News, Events and People from Mid-Coast Maine

Program Topic: Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, HEMS Project, and what can be done.
Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
1. Why is the Hemlock important to Maine and how is the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid a threat to them?
2. What is the HEMS project at Unity College?
3. What can be done to stop the spread of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid?

Guests by name and affiliation:

Allison Kanoti is a forest entomologist with the Maine Forest Service division of forest health and monitoring. Her responsibilities includeadministering the five state-specific quarantines on pests and plants that threaten Maine’s 18 million acres of forest land, coordinating programs related to survey for the state-quarantined insect pests and responding to inquiries from the public regarding forest and shade tree health. Allison earned her master’s degree in forestry from the University of Maine after completing her thesis work on balsam woolly adelgid. She received a bachelor’s degree in forest biology from the University of Vermont.

Dr. Amy Arnett is a Professor at Unity College. She has published widely in the field of insect ecology and is particularly interested in understanding the impact of invasive species on natural communities.

Kathleen Dunckel is a faculty member in the Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection at Unity College. She is also a Ph.D. student in forest resources at the University of Maine. Her research is centered on using geospatial technology to inform decision making in resource management and land use planning.

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