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Emerald ash borer detector training to be held

Emerald ash borer trap

Emerald ash borer trap

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive wood boring insect from Asia that is killing ash trees in New York. Though not yet detected in the Adirondack region, EAB is in at least 10 counties in New York, across the St. Lawrence River in Ontario and near Montreal, Quebec. It is only a matter of time until it arrives here. Citizens are needed to help detect new infestations.

An Emerald Ash Borer first detector Training is planned for Friday, June 29, at the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy in Keene Valley from 1pm- 5pm. The program is co-hosted by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program and Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Participants will learn about emerald ash borer and what individuals can do to prepare for it and help slow its spread.

The training will cover in-depth details of emerald ash borer biology, signs and symptoms, host trees, control and management, reporting and available resources. The session includes both presentations and a hands-on field activity and is eligible for continuing education credits for foresters and herbicide applicators. The training is free, but registration is required by Wednesday, June 27. For more information, contact Rebecca Hargrave at jrh45@cornell.edu, 334-5841 ext. 16 or nyis.info/eab.

Landowners are often the first to report new sightings of forest pests. Landowners, foresters, arborists, landscapers, gardeners, community planners and volunteers are all encouraged to attend. The workshop will provide participants with the information to become a local expert who can answer EAB biology and management questions, aid in the community preparedness planning process and engage others as volunteers to monitor for EAB, conduct street tree inventories, collect ash seed and educate about the issues surrounding emerald ash borer.

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