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UMFK alumnus Paul Burfeind to speak during Homecoming

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The University of Maine Fort Kent’s fall 2012 Environmental Studies Speaker Series will welcome arborist Paul Burfeind, alumnus from the class of 1992, who will deliver a presentation entitled “Important Invasive Pests of the United States and the available treatments.” Burfeind will speak on Friday, September 14 at 2 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Burfeind will speak on five invasive species that are causing harm to our economy and/or our environment and one that can cause harm to human health.

Burfeind has been owner of Hudson Valley Plant Health Care, Inc., located in Florida, New York, since 2007. He previously was employed as an Integrated Pest Management Technician for Red Cedar Arborists, in Wappingers Falls, New York and with Bartlett Tree Experts, Elmsford, New York.

Burfeind earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies with an emphasis in forestry. He is a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Certified Pesticide Applicator and an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist.

Currently, he is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture; New York State Arborist Association and New York State Turf and Landscape Association.

The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. These presentations are open to the public and cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers are only scheduled during the academic year.

For more information on the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Steve Selva at (207) 834-7617.