Attend MDC tree health seminars in Columbia March 15 and 22

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host two free seminars to update the public on current tree health problems and emerging invasive tree pests that are likely to affect trees in Missouri during the next few years.

Tree professionals working as arborists, foresters, nurserymen, landscapers, public service workers, as well as master gardeners and master naturalists should consider attending one of these seminars. MDC's forest entomologist and pathologist will present this free seminar on both March 15, from 8:30 - 11 a.m., and again on March 22, from 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Both seminars will take place at MDC's Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center, located at 355 E. Gans Road, in Columbia.

"This update will provide new information about current tree health concerns in Missouri as well as new threats on the horizon," said Forest Pathologist Simeon Wright. "Tree professionals and others interested in tree health are encouraged to come learn how to detect and manage these issues."

These seminars qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

Those interested in attending a seminar must preregister by calling 573-815-7900. Each session is limited to 40 attendees. Parking is limited, so participants should carpool if possible.

For more information about MDC's tree health program, visit