Join Karen Ripley, an entomologist with the U. S. Forest Service, for a presentation on the Mediterranean oak borer, an invasive pest that is active in California and recently was detected killing white oak trees in Oregon. Learn about the pest’s biology, pathway of spread, and hosts. Signs and symptoms of infestation will be highlighted as well as how to find additional information. Questions will be addressed at the end of the webinar. One pesticide recertification credit from the Washington Department of Agriculture has been granted. Register here

Speaker Bio

Karen Ripley is a forest entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Portland, Oregon.  She has a Master’s degree in Silviculture and Forest Protection (Entomology) from the University of Washington.  Karen specializes in forest health monitoring and invasive insect issues for the West Coast and represents the Forest Service on the Oregon and Washington Invasive Species Councils.  She previously was a forest entomologist and forest health program manager with Washington’s Department of Natural Resources, providing education and technical assistance to state land managers and private forest landowners for 23 years.