Northlanders Train to Be 'Pest Detectors'

By KBJR News 1

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The all day open conference was an effort through various wildlife experts to increase the chances that infestations will be found in their earlier stages, making them easier to control.

Sessions included exercises on proper evidence logging and identification, as many invasive species are often misidentified as native.

According to University of Minnesota Urban and Community Forestry Professor Gary Johnson, stopping the problem starts with realizing much of the spread of invasive species is accidental.

"It's this knowledge that most of these problems are being unintentionally transported into the state. That right there is one of the biggest and best things a normal person can do—just do everything they can to not accidentally transport," said Johnson.

The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Program has been recognized for its outstanding training of volunteers.