Emerald Ash Borer is Here- Now What

Creston, Iowa —Iowa State University Extension and Outreach along with Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will host an informational meeting concerning the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic, destructive insect of ash trees. EAB now has been positively identified in five Iowa locations, most recently in Creston.
"These meetings are designed to provide helpful, usable information to prepare for one of the most destructive insects to hit the urban forest in decades,” said Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Entomologist.
The meeting will be held January 9th at the Supertel Inn & Conference Center, 800 Laurel Street, Creston. An evening public meeting is scheduled for the green industry, homeowners and others interested in the topic.
Mike Kintner, IDALS Outreach Coordinator for EAB and Gypsy Moth ; Randy Goerdnt, Iowa Department of Natural Resources District Forester; Emma Hanigan, IDNR Urban Forestry Program Coordinator ; and Mark Shour, entomologist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will present information at the meetings. They will share EAB and ash tree information to help participants learn

  • How to identify EAB
  • How to identify an ash tree
  • Signs of EAB infestation
  • If the tree is safe and if it is a candidate for treatment
  • How spread of EAB is being restricted
  • Bark peeling – how to find EAB in tree (Green Industry meeting)
  • Ash tree replacement options (public meeting)

The January 9 EAB meetings are free and registration is not required. Meeting will be held at the Supertel Inn & Conference Center, 800 Laurel St., Creston.  The meeting will be from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
For more information about the meetings, call ISU Extension and Outreach – Union County at 641-782-8426 or email clafaver@iastate.edu.

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