Emerald ash borer info meeting April 17

Emerald ash borer

Greene County Extension and Outreach, and the Jefferson tree committee are bringing information to the community following the recent confirmation that emerald ash borer has arrived in Greene County.

The meeting will provide current answers to the public’s questions on this devastating insect on Monday, April 17, at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6 pm and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm. No RSVP is required and the meeting is free of charge.

Dr Donald Lewis, ISU professor of entomology and ISU Extension & Outreach entomologist, will speak on treatment options. Mike Kintner, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship entomologist, will focus on emerald ash borer biology and regulatory matters. Brad Riphagen, field coordinator with Trees Forever, will talk on replacement to achieve a diverse tree population and the results of the recent Iowa Department of Natural Resources community tree survey conducted in Jefferson.

The emerald ash borer is a native Asian insect considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America. The number of confirmed infestations in Iowa has reached 43 counties. Once infected, ash trees die within two to four years.

For more information about Greene County Extension and Outreach, including other agriculture and natural resources programming, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/greene, call 515-386-2138, or visit the office at 104 West Washington in Jefferson.

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