OSKALOOSA — The emerald ash borer, a small beetle that kills all species of ash trees, has been found in four Iowa counties, incuding Jefferson county, and has the potential to spread across the state. There will be two informational meetings concerning the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) on Jan. 14, 2014, at the Mahaska County Extension Office, 212 N. I St. The 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.
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 tree (green industry) and ash tree replacement options (public meeting).
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; Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach entomologist.
For further information, call ISU Extension and Outreach Mahaska County at 641-673-5841or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska or email email@example.com.