Forest Health in Southern Illinois

Forest Health in Southern Illinois

Presenter: Dr. Ellen Crocker, Assistant Professor of Forest Health Extension, University of Kentucky

Like humans, trees are vulnerable to disease. Many of us are familiar with one or more tree diseases (i.e. chestnut blight, oak wilt, Dutch elm disease, etc.). Identifying their presence and risk to the health of a tree or greater forest can be daunting. Join us to learn about some of the common tree diseases we face in southern Illinois, how to identify them, and the risk they pose. We will also discuss a few diseases that may make their way to southern Illinois in the future, so you can be on the lookout!

Dr. Ellen Crocker

Dr. Ellen Crocker is an Assistant Professor of Forest Health Extension in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Kentucky. Her background is in plant pathology and her current focus is on education and outreach related to forest health issues such as invasive plants, insects and pathogens.  She is particularly interested in new ways to engage people about the health of their trees, including the development of the HealthyWoods app to assist landowners in assessing and improving their woods.  In addition, she conducts a range of applied research related to forest health and the management of invasive species.  You can follow her lab @KYForestHealth.

For more information, contact Taryn Bieri at tbieri@illinois.edu. 

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email Taryn Bieri at tbieri@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

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