Wednesday, October 21, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Blue Ridge Prism Quarterly Meeting will take place on October 21, 2020 from 1pm to 4pm via Zoom.
Topics for the October 21, 2020 Quarterly Meeting:
- Blue Ridge PRISM Update with Rod Walker (President of PRISM)
- Spotted Lanternfly with Mark Sutphin (see below)
- Forest Health with Katlin Dewitt (see below)
- Wavyleaf Update with Jim Hurley (PRISM Leadership Team)
Spotted Lanternfly – Mark Sutphin (Horticulture Extension Agent with Virginia Coooperative Extension in Frederick County) will talk about the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). This is a new invasive insect pest that first arrived to Virginia in 2018. Currently, the only known population in Virginia exists in Winchester as well as the counties of Frederick and Clarke. It has the potential to threaten agricultural crops, forests, and home landscapes throughout Virginia. Learn how to ID, report sightings, and slow the spread of this terrible new pest. Also learn to combat this pest by eliminating SLF’s favorite host tree, the equally invasive Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima).
Forest Health Update – Katlin Dewitt (Forest Health Specialist) from Virginia Department of Forestry will share information on the state of Virginia forests and recent invasives work. She will talk about forest health pests and how to identify and control them, as well as some work that she has been doing involving goats for invasive control.