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Spotted Lanternfly: What Natural Areas Professionals Should Know About a New Invasive Insect.
Part of NAA's series on invasive insects and pathogens. A new invasive insect now impacts a wide range of landscapes in Pennsylvania. The spotted lanternfly is now well known for damaging grapes, fruit trees, and hops, but there are important implications for forests and natural areas as well. In this presentation, Sarah Wurzbacher will discuss host species, insect life cycle and behavior, control methods, quarantine implications on management activities, ongoing research, and more. As natural areas manager, you should know the potential impacts of this insect and work to educate others inside or outside of the quarantine, since collaborative efforts are the best strategy for containing and controlling this threat.

Sep 4, 2019 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sarah Wurzbacher
Forestry Extension Educator @Penn State Extension
Sarah Wurzbacher is a Penn State Forestry Extension Educator based in Williamsport, PA, who holds degrees in environmental science (ecology focus) and forestry. Sarah’s forestry work has been in a variety of ecological systems nationally and internationally, but she is most at home in the forests of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Plateau and Ridge and Valley regions. Her current work focuses on Pennsylvania forest management issues, especially regeneration silviculture, forest health, landscape-scale successional diversification, wildlife habitat enhancement, incentivizing good stewardship and creative silviculture, increasing utilization of low-value wood, proactively managing invasive plant and insect threats, and increasing diverse participation in natural resource professions.