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Join the battle against Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive pests

Carlton County is considered a high risk area for the emerald ash borer (EAB), according to the U.S. Forest Service, after the Park Point infestation in Duluth last fall marked the first discovery of the tree-killing pests in northern Minnesota.

Next week, the University of Minnesota will hold a Forest Pest First Detectors workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 County Road 61, Carlton. This training program is designed to help identify the occurrence of EAB and other forest pests, including gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle and Oriental bittersweet. Preregistration is required and the cost is $50. To register, call Mary Kay Ferguson at 612-625-4271 or go online to www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/forest-pest-first-detector. First detectors must complete online training modules before attending the one-day training session.

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