AMES, Iowa -- The Pest Management and Environment Program of Iowa State University Extension in collaboration with the Forestry Bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the State Entomologist’s Office of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will host workshops during April to prepare for the emerald ash borer. These hands-on workshops will focus on bark peeling techniques, and review the signs, symptoms, and biology of this invasive, exotic insect pest of ash trees.
Arborists, city/county/state forestry staff, landscapers and nursery and forest personnel are encouraged to attend a free workshop in either Dubuque or Scott Counties. Although emerald ash borer has not been found in Iowa to date, this activity is geared to help Iowa’s tree workers check ash trees in their area for this destructive pest.
The first set of workshops will be April 11, at the Davenport Public Works, 1200 E. 46th Street, Davenport. Identical sessions will be held at 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. The second set of workshops will be held April 12, at the Comisky Park Building, 255 E. 24th Street, Dubuque. Identical sessions will be held at noon to 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 6 p.m. There is a limit of 30 persons per session.
Persons attending should wear appropriate field attire and work gloves, as participants will practice bark peeling and insect collection techniques. Equipment will be provided.
Additional information and the registration form for these workshops is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/pme/home/pests/EAB.php