2015 Missouri Invasive Forest Pest Council Stakeholder Meeting

The Nov. 6, 2015, MIFPC stakeholder meeting was convened in the Missouri Department of Conservation's main auditorium at the MDC Central Office, 2901 W. Truman Blvd, Jefferson City. Twenty-three individuals attended representing the following agencies or organizations:

  • Missouri Consulting Foresters Association
  • Missouri Department of Agriculture
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Missouri Forest Products Association
  • Missouri Nut Growers Association
  • University of Missouri
  • Walnut Council

Meeting presentations

Missouri Perspective on Invasive Forest Pests (PDF)

  • Mike Brown, State Plant Health Director, USDA APHIS PPQ

Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)

  • Collin Wamsley, State Entomologist, Missouri Department of Agriculture

Gypsy Moth (PDF)

  • Sarah Phipps, Forest Pest Program Coordinator, Missouri Department Agriculture

Asian Longhorned Beetle (PDF)

  • Christopher Pierce, Pest Survey Specialist, US Dept. Agriculture APHIS PPQ

Thousand Cankers Disease (PDF)

  • Simeon Wright, Forest Pathologist, Missouri Department Conservation

Invasive Forest Pest Outreach (PDF)

  • Christopher Crabtree, Natural Resource Steward, Missouri Department Natural Resources

Missouri Invasive Forest Pest Plan (PDF)

  • Collin Wamsley, State Entomologist, Missouri Department Agriculture

TCD Action Plan (PDF)

  • Simeon Wright, Forest Pathologist, Missouri Department Conservation

Q&A session

Q: Regarding tree removal to reduce or eliminate TCD in other eastern states, especially Indiana and Ohio. Concern that there is no plan to remove walnut trees in the event of a detection.

A: A statement was added to the TCD action plan indicating the circumstances under which tree removal could be considered a response option. In Ohio, 4 TCD positive trees were removed for research purposes. Several other locations in Butler county have confirmed positive trees that have not been removed, some of which are nearly 10 miles from the original detection. Traps that caught many walnut twig beetles in 2013 caught very few twig beetles in 2015. More research needed to explain why this occurred. In Indiana, a couple walnut trees were cut for research purposes in the plantation where 3 weevils were positive for the Geosmithia fungus causing TCD. It would be impossible to identify trees to cut, since TCD has not been found there.

Q: Regarding a budget to address TCD. What would it cost to increase monitoring and outreach efforts? Could walnut twig beetle traps be provided to volunteers?

A: Member agencies each have separate funding and obtain additional funding for invasive forest pest surveys and outreach as opportunities arise. Agencies are not able to lobby state and federal legislatures. Traps are expensive, require servicing throughout the growing season, and sorting through the captured insects is a time-consuming process requiring trained personnel.

Q: Concern that the efforts to address pests needs to be prioritized by the value of the tree, need to compare value of ash to the value of walnut in Missouri.

A: In addition to the timber value, there are other costs to consider. For example, ash is widely planted in urban areas, municipalities are facing tremendous ash removal and replacement costs.

Q: Concern about quarantine awareness and enforcement.

A: MDA sent materials to mills and other out of state companies that move walnut and provided training materials to MO Highway Patrol.

Q: What is the viewpoint of industry and their role in addressing the threat of TCD.

A: Industry expressed concern about processes to safeguard wood.

Q: Requests were made to develop a landowner's guide to TCD and a single concise fact sheet with specifics on each invasive forest pest of concern.

A: The request was duly recorded.