North Central Forest Pest Workshop with USA & Canada image map

The North Central Forest Pest Workshop (NCFPW) is an annual gathering of persons interested in forest health issues facing the North Central portion of North America. This region encompasses Manitoba and Ontario, Canada; and Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin, USA. The NCFPW attracts plant pathologists, forest entomologists, foresters, researchers, students, and more.

To facilitate thorough exchange of forest pest knowledge, the workshop alternates its location among participating host States and Provinces. Local forest health specialists form an organizing committee and develop an agenda that usually includes a day and a half of indoor presentations and a full-day field trip. Other activities have included a fungal foray, poster session, slide contest, fun run and/or ice cream social (depending on the health consciousness of the organizing committee), banquet and lots of interesting informal discussions.

The 68th annual NCFPW will be held September 23-26, 2019 at the Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, Illinois (located just outside of Chicago). We look forward to seeing you in Illinois!

We invite you to present an oral presentation, poster, or both. The meeting will be what we all make it! Presentations and/or posters on forest health research, new forest health management tactics/techniques, forest health issues, and outreach efforts are welcome. Please submit your titles by April 12 to Frederic Miller, [email protected] and include the following information:

  • Title of presentation
  • Author(s) and name of presenter
  • Indicate whether you will be giving an oral presentation and/or poster (give your preference if willing to do either format)
  • Length of time you would need to adequately cover the topic

The theme for the meeting will center on the broad topic of “Protecting Our Trees”. Suggested presentation topics so far have included, but are not limited to, oak issues (oak regeneration, white oak mortality, herbicide damage), tree regeneration, What happens after EAB?, utility of germplasm collection, tree resistance, biological control of EAB using parasitoids and Beaveria bassiana, beech leaf disease, and new invasives (i.e. spotted lanternfly). Several folks have already indicated they would like to present on the topics of beech leaf disease and impacts on oak health from herbicide drift.

We encourage students to give a presentation or poster at this meeting! Both undergraduate and graduate students are more than welcome. Come meet people you may be working with in a few years.

If you have any questions and/or additional ideas about topics, panels, and/or symposia, please feel free to contact Fredric Miller ([email protected]).

The planning committee looks forward to hearing from you all and we thank you for your help in making the 2019 NCFPW a great meeting.


History of Past North Central Forest Pest Workshops:

1993 - Rochester, Minnesota
1994 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
1995 - Green Bay Wisconsin
1996 - Pellston, Michigan
1997 - Grand Rapids, Minnesota
1998 - Dubuque, Iowa
1999 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

2000 - Rhinelander, Wisconsin

2001 - Big Bay, Michigan
2002 - Potosi, Missouri
2003 - Cloquet, Minnesota
2004 - Niagara Falls, Ontario
2005 - LaCrosse, Wisconsin

2006 - Pellston, Michigan
2007 - Shoreview, Minnesota
2008 - Indianapolis, Indiana
2009- Winnipeg, Manitoba
2010- Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

2011- Hartland, Michigan
2012- Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
2013- Frontenac, Minnesota

2014- Chariton, Iowa
2015- Keshena, Wisconsin
2016- Gaylord, Michigan
2017 - Rolla, Missouri

2018 - Winnipeg, Manitoba



Constitution and By-laws of NCFPW (adopted in 2006)

List of current officers/board of representatives

Full list of past CIFIDC/NCFPW meeting locations

Notes from first CIFIDC Meeting (1953) This is a very interesting historical document. 36 pages.

If you have questions about the NCFPW or want to be included on the mailing list, please contact Andrea Diss-Torrance at [email protected] 

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