Session offers advice about emerald ash borersThe emerald ash borer is headed your way. What are you going to do?
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
The emerald ash borer is headed your way. What are you going to do?
Get the facts about the infestation and your options as a property owner with ash trees during a three-hour intensive presentation at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 11, in the Arboretum's MacMillan Auditorium.
Participants will learn how to assess their own situation and develop a viable strategy based on current research at the University of Minnesota and lessons learned from areas where the invasion is well underway.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture entomologist Mark Abrahamson will discuss the inside story on the emerald ash borer and offer insights into what is currently known and what the future might be for the insect and the trees. University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources research specialist Dave Hanson will instruct homeowners in how to assess their own situation. Peter Moe, Arboretum operations manager, will help participants examine options that best suit their needs, including whether the ash tree should be removed or left alone, which trees are best for replanting, or if a chemical treatment is the solution. There will also be opportunity for questions and discussion.
Cost for the session is $15 for Arboretum members or $20 for non-members, and includes breakfast. To register, call 952-443-1422. The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.