International Advanced Practitioner Workshop

International Advanced Practitioner Workshop - Forest Health

Asian Long-Horned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer:
Management of Invasive Forest Pests – the Greater Toronto Experience

Sunday 14 June to Friday 19 June 2015 (Optional Field Tour – Saturday 20 June 2015)

Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, Canada

Organisers: Sandy Smith and Ted Wilson


Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto; Forestry Branch, City of Toronto; BioForest Technologies; Invasive Species Centre (ISC); Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA); Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (OMNRF); Canadian Forest Service (CFS); Silviculture Research International; Forest Research (FR, United Kingdom)

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This workshop provides a unique opportunity for forest health specialists to share knowledge and experience in the control and management of Asian Long-Horned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) (ALHB) and Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB).  The workshop will bring together colleagues from Canada, the United States and Europe. Presentations and discussions will centre on case studies from the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. In addition, participants will share information from their own professional practice to ensure the knowledge exchange is bi-directional. Specific objectives of the workshop include:

  1. Sharing of latest scientific and technical information and experience relating to the control and management of Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB);
  2. Case studies demonstrating active management of ALHB and EAB based on experience in the City of Toronto, and surrounding region of Ontario, Canada;
  3. Horizon scanning to support the development of contingency plans in regions currently not affected but under threat from ALHB and EAB;
  4. Forum for establishing international partnerships, collaboration and research networks related to invasive tree pest species.


Asian Long-Horned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis).

Asian Long-Horned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis).
Photo: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis).

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis).
Photo: K. C. Vitols 2014


Enhancing the Resilience of Forest Ecosystems

The spread of invasive forest pests and diseases is a priority issue affecting the resilience of forest ecosystems in many regions of the world. Often causing little trouble in their native habitats, some of these organisms can be virulent, fast-spreading and unstable in new environments which have few of the environmental or biological controls which keep their numbers under control and limit their potential impact.

We are increasingly aware that many invasive species not only affect the health of forest ecosystems but also the wider environment, local economies, communities and public health. Many factors are contributing to the spread of invasive forest pests and diseases at the present time, including globalisation of world trade and climate change. However, in most cases, the mechanisms and conditions responsible for the spread of individual species remain complex and multi-factorial.

To tackle the threats associated with invasive species, there is a need for forest health specialists to collaborate and partner at the international level. Sharing of scientific information and operational experience can contribute to early intervention and more effective control measures for many invasive species.

Why the City of Toronto?

The City of Toronto, Canada, is a major commercial and cultural centre, with an international perspective and global reach. Toronto is the fifth largest municipality in North America with a population of 2.6 million people.  The extensive ravine and green space system within Toronto sets it apart from other North American cities of similar size.  There are an estimated 17,000 to 18,000 hectares of urban forest in Toronto, with a population of approximately 10.2 million trees. In the wider region, forests and urban forests are an important feature of the settled landscape and a major contributor to public health and well-being.

Toronto is on the front line of many plant health and biosecurity issues, and is currently dealing with outbreaks of several invasive species, including Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB), Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar). ALHB and EAB are relatively recent arrivals and considered to be among the “most unwanted” invasive pests due to their ability to cause major damage in north-temperate forest ecosystems.

The City of Toronto, in partnership with organisations at the provincial and federal levels, has developed a multi-agency approach to contain and control ALHB and EAB. In addition to direct measures, the management strategy involves public engagement and actions to adapt the urban forest to future threats.

Toronto and its highly developed urban forest.

Toronto and its highly developed urban forest.
Photo: E. R. Wilson 2013

A Novel Approach to Sharing Knowledge and Developing Networks

The International Advanced Practitioner Workshop will be hosted by the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, in partnership with the Forestry Branch, City of Toronto, and other municipalities, agencies and organisations. The knowledge gained by colleagues in the Toronto area presents an opportunity for forest health professionals from elsewhere to study the biological, administrative and policy issues associated with invasive species management in an urban setting.

Emerald Ash Borer damage near a schoolyard, Toronto.

Emerald Ash Borer damage near a schoolyard, Toronto.
Photo: E. R. Wilson 2014

Removal of dead trees from private property, Toronto.

Removal of dead trees from private property, Toronto.
Photo: E. R. Wilson 2014


The workshop is designed for advanced professional practitioners and specialists in tree and forest health, and dedicated to sharing best practice and experience from a variety of locations.

Only a small group of researchers and practitioners will be involved in the workshop. This will provide opportunities for close collaboration in knowledge sharing and effective discussions about common issues and concerns. It is hoped that one of the key outcomes will be a commitment to future partnership and collaboration on future forest health projects.

The programme design includes case studies and presentations focused around the experience of forestry specialists in Toronto, and neighbouring municipalities. This will be backed up by field trips and site visits, taking place daily throughout the week.

International participants will have an opportunity to volunteer a presentation based on their own professional practice, with the goal that everyone taking part has something to contribute and share.

A dedicated website page will be established where background information and resources will be posted, and so that all participants are briefed prior to their arrival in Toronto.


Please note that this is an outline schedule.
Full details of presentations and speakers will be added shortly.

Date Day Activity Location
Sunday 14 June 2015 1800-2000 “Meet and Greet” Icebreaker Free Times Cafe
Monday 15 June 2015 0830-1230 Session 1 Welcome Professor Mohini Sain, Dean, Faculty of Forestry Introduction to Toronto’s Urban Forest ALHB – The Greater Toronto Experience (CFIA, CFS, City of Toronto) Faculty of Forestry
1330-1800 Field Tour 1 – Asian Long-Horned Beetle ALHB Regulated Area 2 and Surveyor Training Site (CFIA, CFS, City of Toronto) City of Toronto and City of Mississauga
Tuesday 16 June 2015 0830-1230 Session 2 Emerald Ash Borer – The Greater Toronto Experience (City of Toronto, Town of Oakville and BioForest) Faculty of Forestry
1330-1800 Field Tour 2 – Emerald Ash Borer (Part 1) (Town of Oakville) Oakville, Ontario
1930-2230 Workshop Networking Dinner CN Tower
Wednesday 17 June 2015 0830-1230 Session 3 ALHB and EAB – International Perspectives and Knowledge Sharing (USDA-FS, OMNRF, FR, and others) Faculty of Forestry
1300-1800 Field Tour 3 – Emerald Ash Borer (Part 2)(City of Toronto) Scarborough Area, City of Toronto
Thursday 18 June 2015 0830-1230 Session 4 Education, Outreach, Citizen Science and Media Case Study: Gypsy Moth in the City of Toronto (City of Toronto and OMNRF) Faculty of Forestry
1330-1700 Field Tour 4 Enhancing the Resilience of Toronto’s Urban Forest (City of Toronto) High Park and neighbourhoods
1830-2100 Public Engagement Event Priorities for invasive species management, forest health and ecosystem resilience in urban forests. Speakers (TBC) Faculty of Forestry
Friday 19 June 2015 0830-1200 Session 5 Facilitated Discussion Forum for International Partnerships, Collaboration and Research Networks (ISC, OMNRF, CFS) Faculty of Forestry
1200-1400 Closing Lunch Faculty Club
Saturday 20 June 2015 0730-1800 ALL-DAY FIELD TOUR [OPTIONAL] Biodiversity Conservation and Management in the Carolinian Hardwood Forest Long Point, Bacchus Woods  and St Williams, Norfolk County, Ontario


  • International Advanced Practitioner Workshop for Tree Health Professionals, hosted at Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto.
  • Workshop Report highlighting major outcomes and knowledge transferred; priorities for future action; opportunities for future international collaboration.
  • Establishment of forum for international network of practitioners and researchers on invasive tree pest management and control.
  • Website with archive of workshop presentations, workshop report and relevant resources, hosted by Invasive Species Centre – – and Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto –
  • Article to be published in Professional Journal on best-practice approaches for the control and management of invasive forest pests, and priorities for future research.


All costs are in $Canadian, unless stated otherwise.

The fee for attending the workshop is $450.00 (Approx. $US 370.00, £240.00, €330.00 (depending on exchange rate))This fee includes the following:

  • 4.5 day workshop (+ optional post-programme 1-day field tour)
  • Transport for study trips
  • Delegate pack and workshop resources
  • Participation in completion of journal article
  • All lunches and refreshments during the workshop
  • Meet-and-Greet reception and buffet meal (Sunday 14 June)
  • Networking Dinner at the CN Tower 360 Restaurant (

For local participants who choose not to attend the Networking Dinner the rate is $370.00.

Optional Field Tour (20 June): $50.00 (includes transport and bagged lunch).

A dedicated Eventbrite booking page has been set up (live from w/c 11 May 2015). There will be a small booking fee for this service.


The Faculty of Forestry is grateful to all the workshop partners and sponsors for their financial an in-kind support.


All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and for their own accommodation while in Toronto. There are many types and standards of accommodation in the downtown area close to the university.

Recommended Hotel (Corporate Discount Applies; 800 m (10 min) walk from Faculty of Forestry):

Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor Yorkville

Address: 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1V8

Hotel Front Desk: (416) 968-0010; Hotel Fax: (416) 968-7765


Reservations: Please quote the following information in correspondence with the hotel or online booking:

Event Name: Forest Health Workshop Group Booking Code: FHW

Room Rates:

  • Standard, one Queen bed:  $129.99 + 16% tax per night (total per night $150.80)
  • Standard, Two Double beds: $134.99 + 16% tax per night (total per night $156.60)
  • Note: Food service is not included; meals available at on-site Fox and Fiddle Restaurant.

Budget Accommodation (immediately adjacent to Faculty of Forestry):

New College, 45 Willcocks Residence

This is an excellent and very modern residence building with single rooms and shared bathroom facilities. There is a cafeteria for breakfasts (open Monday-Friday from 0730, $8.00/breakfast).

Contact: New College Summer Residence Office, Room 1007, New College, University of Toronto, 40 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1C6

To book a reservation, guests should go to the website: .  Click on “Book a Room” and follow instructions. Fill out the Reservation Form (in the field “Where did you hear about us” please write “Workshop on Invasive Species Management”). Follow instructions on the form and send a completed copy by email/fax back to New College (details are on the form).  A block of rooms are reserved 12-21 June.

Room Rate: $35.00+16% tax/night for a single room (based on minimum 6 nights stay).

Recreation and Sports Facilities at the University of Toronto

We are able to arrange Sponsored Day Passes for delegates who wish to use the University of Toronto Athletic Centre during the workshop. This facility is also located close to the Faculty of Forestry and includes indoor track, 50m pool, full gym and other sports facilities. The Day Pass costs $CDN 13.56 (including tax) and can be arranged in advance of the workshop.


Local Facilities and Services

The Faculty of Forestry is centrally-located in downtown Toronto, on the Spadina streetcar line and linked to the TTC subway network. There are a wide range of shops, grocery stores, a 24-hour pharmacy, restaurants and pubs located within a convenient walking distance from the faculty.


Further information about ALHB and EAB, and the contributing organisations, can be found on the following links:


Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

Professor Ted Wilson

Professor Sandy Smith

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