Webinar Archive

Watch recordings of previous webinars.

Virtual Forest Health Meeting: Oak Diseases of Concern in the Eastern U.S.

Oak species in the eastern U.S. are host to many pests and pathogens throughout their ranges. This webinar will present information on two pathogens of recent regional concern: Diplodia corticola and oak wilt (Bretziella fagacearum). D. corticola (Dc), an emerging canker pathogen, has been implicated in causing dieback and mortality of oak species in Europe and in several regions in the United States. The first part of this webinar summarizes a Mid-Atlantic case study on the nativity of Dc and sheds light on its contribution to oak decline in the United States. The second half of the webinar will discuss oak wilt, and the steps New York is taking to identify and manage the disease, and provide outreach to the public.

Presenter: Savannah Ferreira

Virtual Forest Health Meeting: Deer Browse, Hunting and Foresters

Increased deer browse is impacting forest health in many parts of the State, and hunting is one of the key strategies for reducing the pressure. VFWD biologist Andrea Shortsleeve will discuss changes to the upcoming hunting seasons, provide tools and recommendations for consulting foresters to give to their clients, and solicit ideas to increase hunting access for privately owned forests.

Presenter: Andrea Shortsleeve, Private Lands Habitat Biologist, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Barre, VT

Arbor Day Webinar Series: Forest Pests and Diseases

Join this session to learn about beech leaf disease and pine pathogens. Forest Health Specialist, Savannah Ferreria will cover the threats these pests and diseases pose, as well as how to identify, and report any sightings.

Presenter: Savannah Ferreira, Forest Health Specialist, VT Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation

Virtual Forest Health Meeting: Tools for foresters – Using field- and computer-based applications for success in forestry

The number of tools designed to assist foresters with their work in the field and office is large, with new technology being routinely developed.  This webinar will focus on one field-based tool (Avenza Maps) and a variety of tools for use in the office that have been developed by the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC).  The demonstration of Avenza will lead attendants through the mapping capabilities of the software.  The FEMC software presented will include their Forest Health Atlas and Forest Indicators Dashboard, which allow users to view historical forest health data as well as long-term trends in multiple tree and forest health measures in the region.

Jon Cherico, Protection Forester, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Barre, VT

Jim Duncan, Director, Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative, Burlington, VT

Arbor Day Webinar Series: Managing Town Forests

Over the last century, Town Forests in Vermont have provided many public benefits for our communities, including public spaces to enjoy nature and recreate, wildlife habitat, water quality, and conservation education, among other benefits. They do so while being flexible, accessible public resources to our communities and navigating substantial challenges as differing uses and management philosophies collide. Join Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, for a general discussion of how to navigate the challenges associated with the management of Town Forests, from planning and outreach to implementation and follow-up. We will also discuss and how to manage these public resources to increase understanding of forests and forestry in your community.

Presenter: Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, VT Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation

Virtual Forest Health Meeting: The Intersection of Invasive Species and Climate Change in the Northeast

The impacts of a changing climate are being felt worldwide, and the northeastern U.S. is no exception. In this webinar, the growing prevalence and abundance of invasive species in the region, and the ways in which climate change influences their biology and ecology, will be discussed. Examples of work being conducted by the Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change management network will be presented as well.


Emily Fusco, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Invasives Webinar

Whether you own a large woodlot or just a small yard, you have probably struggled with invasive exotic plants. Invasive exotic plants (not to mention animals, pests, and pathogens) are a major threat to global biodiversity. In Vermont, they are an existential threat to the health of our forests and other ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. They also diminish the capacity of forests to perform many other important functions, cleaning our air and our water, sequestering carbon and providing habitat for our pollinators, in addition to many more.  

If you have ever faced-off with invasive exotic plants, you know that they spread like wildlife and are extremely difficult to control. Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts for a virtual discussion of the threats posed by woody invasive plants, how to identify them, and options for treatment. The discussion will feature a short presentation and then move to questions from participants, so please bring your thoughts and questions about invasive exotic plants and how to deal with them. 

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Thank you to UVM for hosting our webinar on Zoom.


Apple Tree Pruning and Maintenance with Dave Wilcox, VT FPR

Please join Dave Wilcox, Tree Farmer and forester with VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation for webinar on Apple Tree pruning and maintenance.  This webinar will cover how to properly prune all types of Apple Trees. Dave has been releasing and pruning Apple Trees on state land as well as his own property for many years.  Even though the apples provide an autumn benefit, the best time to prune the trees is in the early spring. The discussion will focus on identifying trees to save, and the steps to take to bring them back as healthy productive trees.  This webinar is FREE and sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association, the Vermont Tree Farm Committee, and VT FPR.  Registration is required. Zoom link will be sent upon registering.

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Thank you to UVM Extension for hosting our webinar on Zoom.