Spread the word!

Outreach at Jamaica State Park

Having a good outreach strategy can make a huge difference in the prevention of invasive species. It was the incredible public outreach and community involvement that made it possible for Chicago to eradicate their infestation of Asian longhorned beetle.

On this page you will find an assortment of education and outreach material specific for forest pests, invasive plants, and aquatics. If you do not find what you are looking for on this page, be sure to also check out the Resource Hub.

Forest Pest Outreach Opportunities

Organize a Tree Tagging Event

Unfortunately, most people cannot identify ash trees and therefore have no idea of what’s at risk until it’s too late. Tree tagging events have been organized in New York, Indiana and other Midwestern states as an effective way to raise awareness about the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Read more here.

Complete an Ash Tree Inventory

Tree inventories can be as simple as walking through your woods for ten minutes or examining trees along your street while driving your car. They can also be detailed and expansive. Guidelines and worksheets for completing an ash inventory.

Give a Talk or Host a Movie Screening

Public presentations are an excellent way to spread the word about forest pests. You can find Powerpoint presentations, videos, posters, handouts, and more in the Resource Hub. These are available for you to use and modify, as you see fit.

If public speaking isn't your cup of tea, you can contact UVM Extension's Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator Meredith Whitney at Meredith.Whitney@uvm.edu.

Campground Survey

Pest SurveyingDo you want to get out and survey for potential pest infestations at local campgrounds?

Please follow this survey protocol. You can fill out the data collection sheet. If you suspect any trees, please report here. Here are tips for talking to campground owners.

Contact Meredith at Meredith.Whitney@uvm.edu or 802-651-8343, ext 507 for more information.

Write an Article

Share what you've been up to or encourage others to take action. Writing articles, whether it is for a newspaper, blog, or a post on Facebook is a quick and easy way to spread the word. Here are some examples to inspire you:

Don't Move Firewood BlogArchived VT Invasives E-NewslettersTIME Magazine movie about EAB in NYInvasive Species Success Stories

Aquatic Invasive Species Opportunities

Check out the Resource Hub for presentations, videos, posters, handouts, and more. For more information, contact the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's Aquatic Invasive Species Biologist, Josh Mulhollem at Josh.mulhollem@vermont.gov.

Terrestrial Plant Outreach Opportunities

Check out the case studies below that include problems encountered and solutions discovered by other Vermonters managing invasive plants. The Resource Hub also has great information including handouts, Best Mangement Practices, and more. The Project How-To Guide provides resources for groups just starting out, or interested in learning more about outreach. Contact the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation's Invasive Plant Coordinator, Elizabeth Spinney at elizabeth.spinney@vermont.gov

Project how-to guide

Developing Invasive Plant Outreach and Management Projects: A Guide for Vermont Communities and Conservation Organizations. The chapters of this are available for digital download through the Resource hub, links provided below. Here's an overview 'how to guide'.

Planning your project 

Comparison of Project Strategies based on Project Scale Finding appropriate partners based on the type of project Ideas for possible partners Sample MOU 

Recruiting and working with volunteers

Resources for recruiting volunteers How to find the right volunteers for your particular project Volunteer interest form template Sample volunteer job description 

Organizing and executing a workday

Resources for organizing a successful community eventVolunteer sign-in sheet template Work release and sign-in sheet template Common supplies needed for an invasives control workday 

Getting the word out

Resources for working with the mediaSample press release 

Working with governments and schools

Examples of Vermont State education standards Sample Indemnity agreement 

Management Case Studies

Invasive plant management case studies