The Forest Gene Conservation Association offers a one-day Butternut Health Expert (BHE) workshop to provide training in assessing the health of butternut trees for determining their protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and for recovery activities. This training follows the Butternut Assessment Guidelines created by the Ontario government for the purposes of the ESA and was developed as a replacement for Butternut Health Assessor (BHA) accreditation training previously required to assess butternut trees in Ontario.
The BHE workshop is suitable for those who have participated in previous training as a BHA and would like a refresher, and for qualified professionals (as defined by Ontario Regulation 830/21) who have not yet participated in butternut training.
The workshop includes both in-class and in-field training. While the in-class portion delivers the information on butternut identification, assessment and reporting, the field portion of the course allows attendees to practice and solidify these new skills in a forest setting.
This course will cover:
- Method for assessing butternut health
- Legislation and regulations under the ESA with respect to butternut
- Recovery efforts for the species
- Identification of pure butternut vs hybrids
- Using Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP) forms for reporting butternut assessments
- And more!
The cost and location of the BHE workshop will be posted when 2024 registration opens.