Spotted Lanternfly Workshop to be Held

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What’s going on with spotted lanternflies? What do we need to know? Can they do damage?

To find out more, attend the workshop on Friday, October 18, Butler Township Municipal Building, 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA 18222.

The program begins at 9:50 am and ends at noon. Admission is free.

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species native to Southeast Asia. In 2014 it was found in Pennsylvania, and has since spread to 14 counties which are now quarantined.

The Spotted Lanternfly presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries. Learn the history, economic danger, current quarantine area, and life cycle of this invader.  Learn about controls, herbicide treatments, and ‘trap’ trees.

The program is being offered by Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council (PNERCD) and Luzerne Conservation District. This workshop is funded by USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and sponsored by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided. Register online at pnercd.org or call (570) 234-3577. Registration beforehand is encouraged. Walk-ins are welcomed. 

Schedule:

9:45 am        Registration

9:50 am        Welcome, George Kauffman, Executive Dir., Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development (PNERCD); and Josh Longmore, Executive Dir., Luzerne Conservation District

10:00 am      Overview – The Spotted Lanternfly and Its Impact, Krystal Snyder, Penn State Extension

11:00 am        Permits for Working in a SLF Quarantined Area, Kristen Cease, PA Dept. of Agriculture – (Permitting requirements & administration of permit test for those interested in obtaining a permit)

11:45 am      Questions & discussion

12:00 pm      Workshop ends

PNERCD has been in operation for more than forty years, carrying out many environmentally-related projects. Current projects include:

  • Contracts with the US National Resources Conservation Center (NRCS) to carry out a variety of tasks in the environmental field, related to water quality and soil health.
  • Educating and providing technical assistance through six partner organizations to Pennsylvania-based watershed and conservation organizations.
  • A renewable energy project which showed how warm season grasses could be used by farmers for their own heating needs.
  • Educational workshops for the public on environmental issues. During 2019 PNERCD has already held a workshops on bats and another on warblers. Each of these species have been experiencing major decreases in population in Pennsylvania. This will be the third workshop for 2019.

The Council covers a 10-county region in northeastern Pennsylvania, including Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne. It is a non-profit charitable organization composed of community leaders who have worked with renewable energy, land conservation, water management and environmental enhancement, and accepts tax-deductible contributions.

The Luzerne Conservation District is a local agency with the mission of conserving land and water resources in Luzerne County by promoting public awareness, providing technical assistance, and encouraging regulatory compliance.  Its mission is accomplished through cooperation with landowners and land users; by working with other public and private organizations; and by conducting education and outreach efforts on natural resource conservation. For more information about the District, visit www.luzcd.org.