BANGOR – This week is Maine Arbor Week, a period where Mainers are urged to get out plant and learn about trees and shrubs.
But, there are a couple more awareness weeks taking place and they all share common goals.
Since the pandemic started and the weather began to cooperate you’ve probably noticed more people exploring Maine.
“I kind of love the joy that bringing somebody to a big tree brings to a person just seeing the light in their eyes and their appreciation of something that is unique and cool,” Maine forest service urban forestry coordinator, Jan Santerre, said.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says Mainers can celebrate arbor week by planting a tree or shrub or finding and measuring a champion tree.
But, in order to celebrate Maine’s trees, they need to be protected.
“Right now the name of the game is getting a really clear picture on what locations EAB already is and where it isn’t so we can focus management efforts,” Maine Forest Service Forest Entomologist, Mike Parisio, said.
It’s also EAB Awareness Week, EAB, stands for emerald ash borer is an invasive species that kills ash trees.
“One thing we really are trying to do here during emerald ash borer awareness week is making the public aware of the signs and symptoms of emerald ash borer because we’re only so many eyes and sets of boots on the ground and the public is a huge help,” Parisio said.
EAB isn’t the only threat to Maine’s forests.
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“Folks should be aware that invasive plants are also a threat to our forests and our natural areas,” invasive plant biologist, Nancy Olmstead, said.
EAB can harvest in wood and be transported easily and invasive plants can be found anywhere. Which is why this week is so important.
“We love the fact that people are getting out and enjoying our outdoors and being our citizen scientists and helping us to find these things,” Santerre said.
For more information on Arbor Week, EAB awareness week and invasive species awareness week you can visit the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s website.