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Oak Wilt Research & Resource Seminar


Spend the afternoon getting a refresher on Oak Wilt, its vectors, Chestnut infections, and the continuum of research and management practices by Michigan industry experts and University researchers.


12:00pm ARRIVAL


12:30 pm Oak Wilt Life Cycle and Transmission; Proper Diagnosis/Sampling

Luke Murchie, ISA Certified Arborist, MI Oak Wilt Qualified; Oakland County Parks, and Urban Forest Specialists


1:15 pm Resources & Reporting: Oak Wilt Viewer, USFS OW Story Map; Graphics on

Julie Stachecki, ISA Certified Arborist, TRAQ; MI Oak Wilt Qualified; Site Specific, Inc.


2:00 pm BREAK


2:15 pm Seasonal Development of Nitidulids: Calendars and Degree Days:

Highlights and review from 2022 presentation. Dr. Deb McCullough. MSU Dept. of Entomology


3:00 pm Current MI-Based Oak Wilt Topics & Research Activity: New Grad students; Stumps; Genomes; Field Diagnostic Kits; Chestnuts; Risk tolerance

Dr. Monique Sakaldis, MSU Dept of Plant, Soil & Microbial Sciences


4:00 pm Commercial Arboriculture: “Components of 2 Companies’ Stop/Start or Continue, Oak Tree work Decisions”

Josh Gleason, ISA Certified Arborist/PHC Manager, Guardian Tree Experts and David Fraker, ISA Certified Arborist/Owner, Treecology, LLC, Both are MI Oak Wilt Qualified


4:30 pm Adjourn

- Parking complimentary onsite
- Beverages and snacks will be provided
- Lunch will NOT be provided 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 12:30 PM until 4:30 PM
Okemos Event Center
2187 University Park Dr
Okemos, MI  48864
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