The fall series of the University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening Program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, got underway the month of September. The final session in the series, set for Tuesday, November 17th at 1:30 p.m., is titled “History of Forest Pest Outbreaks”.  North America has a history of exotic pests that extirpate individual tree species, with Emerald Ash Borer serving as our modern example. In our current, ever-globalizing society, there is significant risk for future outbreaks that may impact our trees, from the urban forest to our woodlands. Join Illinois Extension Educator Ryan Pankau as he examines past outbreaks on our continent to compare what we have learned historically with the current pests threatening our native trees.

Webinars are available for viewing from wherever you have internet access by pre-registering . Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all local county offices are currently unable to offer viewing options at those locations.

Each session is free to the public. Advance registration is needed. You may call the LaSalle County office for more details at 815-433-0707, or you may email Extension Program Coordinator Meg Overocker