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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Workshop - Preparing for the Emerald Ash Borer

Workshop: 'Preparing for the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Massachusetts'
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  Time: 3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Location:  Doyle Community Park and Center - 464 Abbott Ave, Leominster MA 01453

An unwelcome invasive pest has arrived in Massachusetts - one which poses a major threat to our native ash trees. 

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an insect which has caused billions of dollars in timber damage in seventeen states since it was first detected in Michigan in 2002.  Found in the Berkshire County town of Dalton back in August, Massachusetts is now the eighteenth state with confirmed presence of EAB. 

See the Boston Globe article from September.  The EAB reproduces abundantly, and can spread quickly - and it has a pesky habit of not understanding county boundaries.  As such, the Boston Tree Party has already issued an alert (click here), as it not only threatens ash in our hardwood forests, but many of our urban street trees!  Find out more about EAB identification, resources, and the latest news at the MA Introduced Pests Outreach Project. 
Wherever you are in the state, the EAB could soon affect your local forests and trees.  The Trustees of Reservations and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Forest Stewardship Program are hosting a free workshop on the Emerald Ash Borer on December 4, at the Doyle Community Park and Center in Leominster.  Learn how to detect EAB, and what you as a concerned citizen, forester or tree professional, or landowner can do to limit its spread!

Click here for more information and to register!  We encourage our CR landowners to attend this workshop, and learn more about this urgent issue.