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2023 Winter Education Program via Zoom

Wednesday, February 22, 2023



Thank you to all presenters and participants for making this a successful event.



~ LakeSmart Landscaping: Building Beautiful Landscapes That Protect Our Lakes ~

~ Board of Pesticides Annual Update ~

~ Mapping Out Your Employee Journey ~

~ Browntail Moth Update ~






2 Pesticide Applicator Credits; 5 MELNA Recertification Credits for the Day (all four classes.)


9:30 am – 10:30 am

Susan Gallo, Executive Director Maine Lakes

Title: “LakeSmart Landscaping: Building Beautiful Landscapes That Protect Our Lakes.”

Learn about LakeSmart, a program that works with lakefront homeowners to improve their properties and reduce erosion and runoff into their lakes. Landscaping practices that capture and hold rainwater, allowing it to infiltrate into the ground where it is filtered through soil to groundwater, reduce excess nutrient flowing into the lake, reducing the food supply for harmful algae blooms. We’d like to connect more homeowners to landscapers and nurseries that are familiar with the LakeSmart program, and will discuss some ideas for mutually beneficial programs that might help make that happen.



11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Karla Boyd, Policy and Regulations Specialist   Board of Pesticides Control, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry

Title: “Board of Pesticides Annual Update.” (1 Pesticide Applicator Credit)

The presentation will include a discussion on the following; Changes in the staff, using the BPC portal, future BPC reporting, use/sales reporting, and the EPA and State of Maine State Plan.
The presentation will go into the details including consent agreements.





12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Priscilla Hansen Mahoney, CPC, Business Coach Blazing Trails Coaching

Title: “Mapping Out Your Employee Journey.”

With a tight labor market, competition for talent, and rising costs of payroll, it’s imperative to see employees as “consumers of the workplace” and give recruiting, retention, and employee experience the same effort and resources as one would their top clientele. This means explicitly designing an employee experience that attracts the best candidates, engage, develop and retain talented and skilled people for the organization. This workshop will help you identify systems and processes that will help you create ideal employee outcomes that reflect your desired culture and brand.



2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tom Schmeelk, Entomologist 2, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry

Title: “Browntail Moth Update.” (1 Pesticide Applicator Credit)

This presentation will cover aspects of Browntail moth’s history in Maine, biology, lifecycle as well as mitigation strategies. Updates on what has been seen regarding population trends through our various surveys will also be discussed.