Two exotic insects and a fungal pathogen are impacting hemlock health and reproduction in coastal Maine. Background information on these pests, their presence in Maine, current impacts and potential future impacts will be presented.
Allison Kanoti is a forest entomologist with the Maine Forest Service in the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Her responsibilities include administering the five state-specific quarantines on pests and plants that threaten Maine's 18 million acres of forest land as well as programs related to survey for the state-quarantined insect pests and responding to inquiries from the public regarding forest and shade tree health. Allison earned her master's degree in forestry from the University of Maine after completing her thesis work on balsam woolly adelgid. She received a bachelor’s degree in forest biology from the University of Vermont.