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UW Offers Mountain Pine Beetle, Grasshopper Webinars This Month


May 10, 2011 — Information to help Wyoming residents wrestle pine beetle infestations and grasshopper invasions will be offered during webinars from the University of Wyoming.

Barnyards & Backyards, Rural Living in Wyoming, part of an outreach effort in the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES), will sponsor the mountain pine beetle webinar Tuesday, May 17, and grasshoppers Monday, May 23. Both start at noon.

Anyone with a computer, Internet connection and speakers or headphones can participate. Those wanting to participate can visit www.elluminate.com/Support/?id=62  before the webinars to ensure computers are ready to join the meeting.

Questions can be sent before (preferred) or during the webinars to jsjones@uwyo.edu. Links to the webinars are available at www.barnyardsandbackyards.com, click events on the right-hand side; the events are listed by date. Barring technical difficulties, recordings of the webinars will be available a few days after the meeting by accessing the same link.

Wyoming State Forestry Division experts during the mountain pine beetle webinar will present: Comments on the epidemic; the mountain pine beetle lifecycle; how to identify if a tree is infested; what trees to treat, when and control options; and possible tree species for replacement tree.

Entomologists from UW CES during the grasshopper webinar will discuss: Forecast for this year; grasshopper lifecycles; how to look for first signs of grasshoppers; and treatment options.

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