February 2020 Monthly Meeting and Presentation: Invasive Forest Pests

February 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 North 10th St
Donna Keller

We all know the old adage: the first step in addressing a problem is admitting that we have one. In the case of forest health, it’s recognizing that there is a problem. Michigan forests provide vital habitat to birds and many other species of animals. Preserving this habitat depends on, among other things, early detection and response to invasive forest pests. Michigan residents can play a key role in early detection of forest invaders. Janyce Ryan, Plant Industry Inspector with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, will join us on Monday, February 24, to highlight high-risk pests currently on Michigan’s watch list, including information on their identification and potential impacts.

Jan Ryan earned a BS degree in Environmental Studies at Grand Valley University and an MS in Entomology at Michigan State. She has worked as a Plant Industry Field Scientist for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for the last 24 years, covering local nurseries and greenhouses along with export certification. Prior to her work with the State, she served as Project Manager for a city-wide community gardening program where she enjoyed teaching gardeners about insects, pest management, and conservation. In her free time, she likes to garden, hike with her dog, and watch all kinds of wildlife.

We hope you’ll join us on Monday, February 24, at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce our dishwashing.