Presenter: Leigh Greenwood, Don’t Move Firewood campaign manager, The Nature Conservancy
Abstract: Unfortunately, firewood is a common vector for the spread of many forest and tree pests throughout North America. Join us for a combined NISAW and Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative webinar discussing the various effective (and potentially ineffective) ways that firewood is treated in order to prevent the spread of forest pests. We will bring in experts from the private sector and USDA APHIS to talk about their efforts to slow the spread of invasive species through better firewood treatment. Comparisons of low energy treatments such as debarking, seasoning, soaking, and solarizing will be contrasted with heat treatment at various levels.
Biography: Leigh Greenwood began working on issues of forest pests in North America for The Nature Conservancy in 2007. She launched the Don’t Move Firewood campaign and Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative, and is an active member of the Firewood Scout working group. Learn more about these programs at http://dontmovefirewood.org/, http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/blog/firewood-outreach-professionals-newsletter.html, and http://firewoodscout.org/ , respectively. She holds a Masters of Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, Missoula, where she studied the interactions between native birds and established biological control organisms on the landscape.