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January 8, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer meetings Jan. 14 in Oskaloosa

OSKALOOSA — Emerald Ash Borer: It is in Iowa. Now what?

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a small beetle that kills all species of ash trees, including green, white, black and blue. This federally regulated insect has been found in four Iowa counties and has the potential to spread across the state. There will be two informational meetings concerning the presence of emerald ash borer.

The meetings will be held Tuesday at the Mahaska County Extension Office, 212 N. I St., Oskaloosa. Meetings are free, and no registration is required.

A Green Industry meeting will be held from 1-4 p.m. and is directed toward professionals in the tree service and landscaping industry, such as arborists, urban foresters, public works and parks personnel, horticulturists, Master Gardeners, tree trimmers, landscapers, nursery centers and commercial pesticide applicators.

A public meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. and is directed toward homeowners and other concerned citizens.

Attendees will learn how to identify EAB, how to identify an ash tree, signs of EAB infestation, if a the tree safe, if a tree is a candidate for treatment, EAB treatment options, how spread of EAB is being restricted, bark peeling, how to find EAB in a tree and ash tree replacement options.

EAB was first discovered in Iowa in May 2010 when an infestation was reported in Allamakee County. The beetle this year was also positively identified in Des Moines County in July, Jefferson County in August and Cedar County in October. Twenty-five counties in Iowa are now quarantined. The regional quarantine is designed to prevent the spread of this insect.

The meetings will be presented by a panel of experts: Nick Witt, Oskaloosa city forester; Ben Hoskinson, Mahaska County integrated roadside vegetation manager; Jeremy Cochran, Iowa Department of Natural Resources district forester; Mike Kintner, EAB outreach and regulatory coordinator with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; and Mark Shour Iowa State University Extension and Outreach entomologist.

For more information, call ISU Extension and Outreach Mahaska County at 641-673-5841, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska or email striegel@iastate.edu.

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