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Out of the Woods: Enriching your Maple Business
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Join Future Generations University Appalachian Program for a panelist discussion on pest management in the sugarbush. Experts from West Virginia and Virginia will come together to discuss major pest and environmental threats to maple stands and maple syrup production.

This is the twenty third session of Future Generations University’s webinar series, “Out of the Woods: Enriching your Maple Business.” This webinar series will cover everything from tree science and woodlot management to marketing and record-keeping. Stay tuned for more information, and visit www.future.edu/maple to view past webinars and for other maple resources.
Dec 15, 2022 07:00 PM
Jan 19, 2023 07:00 PM
Feb 16, 2023 07:00 PM
Mar 16, 2023 07:00 PM
Apr 20, 2023 07:00 PM
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Eric Ewing
USDA APHIS PPQ Field Operations @United States Department of Agriculture
Eric began his career as a Nursery Inspector with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division in 1995. In this role, he worked with nursery operators and Christmas tree farmers to identify and control insect pests and diseases. Eric moved into several other positions within Plant Industries over the next 21 years, serving as Supervisor of the Plant Pest Regulatory Program, Assistant Division Director, and finally becoming Division Director in November 2013. In December 2016, Eric accepted a new position with USDA APHIS PPQ as West Virginia’s State Plant Health Director. His duties include overseeing the activities of five full-time staff members and four seasonal employees. The West Virginia PPQ work unit conducts pest survey and treatment programs, certifies plant material for export, and cooperates with agencies and stakeholders throughout the state to protect agricultural interests and natural areas from the threat of invasive pests.
James Watson
Spotted Lanternfly Program Coordinator @West Virginia Department of Agriculture
James Watson is from Fairmont, West Virginia. His primary work responsibilities focus on preventing the spread of spotted lanternflies in West Virginia and managing existing infestations of this insect pest. James also assists with many other forest health issues across West Virginia on an as-needed basis. His background is in Forest Ecology and James graduated with his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees from West Virginia University.
Scott Salom
Professor & Graduate Program Director @Virginia Tech
Scott Salom is a Professor and Graduate Program Director of Forest Entomology and Biological Control at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Salom earned his B.S. (1981), Iowa State University, M.S. (1985), University of Arkansas, and Ph.D. (1989), University of British Columbia. Dr. Salom’s work focuses on forest insect and weed pests. The research questions his team asks are driven by the nature of the pest problems that require them to study their biology and interactions with hosts and habitats. The goal is to develop tools and strategies to improve the management for those pests.