A Thursday evening lecture in Oak Ridge will focus on preventing the invasion of non-native forest pests.
It’s sponsored by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society and the UT Forest Resources and Education Center, and it’s their last lecture series of 2014. It’s jointly sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the Tennessee Nature Conservancy, press releases said.
The talk will be given byÂ Martin Wood, Conservation Coordinator with the Tennessee Nature Conservancy. It’s scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 13, in the City Room of Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge.
Wood is expected to discuss new efforts to protect the native trees of Great Smoky Mountains National Park from non-native forest pests, a press release said. A second press release said he willÂ talkÂ about new regulationsÂ aimed atÂ preventing the spread of invasive forest pests, such as the hemlock woollyÂ adelgidÂ and the emerald ash borer, via firewood.
“This topic is especially timely as chilly weather sets in,” the press release said.
To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org.
For more information on the lecture, call the Arboretum at (865) 483-3571.