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 two training sessions during September 2008 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 related nursery and forest personnel are encouraged to attend a free workshop in either the greater Des Moines or Cedar Falls/Waterloo areas. 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 workshop will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Brenton Arboretum, 25141 260th Street, Dallas Center. The second workshop will be at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Forestry Building – Waterloo Leisure Services, 1101 Campbell Avenue, Waterloo. There will be a limit of 35 people per workshop.
Those 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 can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/pme/EmeraldAshBorer.html.