Presented in association with the Invasive Species Centre, this workshop will provide training on key information and tools to identify and report spotted lanternfly and its preferred plant host, tree-of-heaven, an invasive plant that is widespread throughout southern Ontario.
The workshop is open to growers, arborists, backyard garden enthusiasts or anyone who’s interested in the pest that has gained recent media attention.
The focus of this workshop series is the spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest spreading in nearby U.S. states. Although not currently established in Canada, if spotted lanternfly were to establish, it could cause immense damage to Ontario grapevines, tender fruit orchards, hops, parks, and forests.
Participants will gain the following:
• an understanding of what makes a species invasive,
• knowledge of the impacts of spotted lanternfly and the importance of prevention, early detection and rapid response,
• knowledge of basic spotted lanternfly biology and life cycle, and pathways of spread,
• tips and tools to identify and report spotted lanternfly and tree-of-heaven, and
• updates on current monitoring efforts in Ontario.
To register, click https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spotted-lanternfly-workshop-tickets-432169660087