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Attend a Lecture: Tree health: Facts, Fiction and a Few Lies

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Multnomah County Master Gardeners

Multnomah County Speaker Series

We hold free lectures on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland (parking on 54th). Lectures are open to the public and start at 7 p.m. Each lecture features an expert presentation about an interesting gardening topic. We have free lectures every month except for December.

Tree health: Facts, Fiction and a Few Lies

Speaker: Alan Kanaskie, forest pathologist, certified arborist, Oregon Department of Forestry
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 7pm

Trees are a vital part of our urban and suburban communities. Whether hardwood or conifer, native or non-native, they provide beauty, shade, wildlife habitat, and diversity to our backyards, streets and neighborhoods. They also are susceptible to insects, diseases and abiotic stressors that decrease tree vitality, damage leaves or branches, or kill whole trees. Sometimes a tree’s problem may be YOU. Forest pathologist, Alan Kanaskie's presentation will review some of the most important tree pests, explore a few myths about tree care, and scare you about invasive insects and pathogens, so you’ll help keep an eye out for potential invaders.

Photo: Alan Kanaskie

Alan is a graduate of the Duke University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, but that was a very long time ago. He has been a forest pathologist for more than thirty years, working for the USDA-Forest Service, Weyerhaeuser Company, and the Oregon Department of Forestry. Although he loves all kinds of tree pests, sudden oak death has been his main interest for the past 10 years. (Yes, you should be worried about this one).

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