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Dwight Scarbrough, new bug guy

Minnesota's forests and urban trees will once again be protected from all bugs that even think about attacking a tree. Making this possible is Dwight Scarbrough, the new forest and urban tree entomologist. He took his place in Tom Eiber's shoes, chair, and position on June 24th. He is located at the Metro Regional Office located at 1200 Warner Road in St. Paul and his work phone number is 651-259-5742. So, let the calls begin, and consider this a fair warning to all potential tree munching and boring bugs in Minnesota and any who are thinking of relocating to Minnesota.

Dwight joins us from the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection in St. Paul where he was coordinating their gypsy moth program for the Midwestern states. He has both Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Forestry with the Masters Degree having an emphasis in Entomology and Pathology. These degrees were earned at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where he also worked for the Forest Service. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Entomological Society of America, and the International Society of Tropical Foresters. Dwight is also trained as a Project Learning Tree instructor and has varied experiences doing entomology and forestry-related environmental education for children, youth, and the public.

His new duties include leading the forest ecosystem health program in the Metro Region. In this capacity he will be available to assist tree care professionals and communities in diagnosing tree problems and developing management strategies. He will also coordinate both the Metro Region oak wilt program and forest health grants to local communities.

Dwight also takes on a statewide role as the Division of Forestry's Forest Entomologist. He will be member of the Division's Forest Ecosystem Health Team making him available for consultation on forest and tree problems statewide. In this capacity, too, he will be the lead in issues related to gypsy moth.

Now that you have been introduced to the new bug guy, give him a call or stop by his office, introduce yourself, and tell him as many bug horror stories as possible. We need to ?break' him into the Minnesota bug world as soon as possible because we can already hear the bugs sharpening their mandibles and rising to the challenge.