Emerald Ash Borer Outreach Training
The Cornell Department of Natural Resources has received a grant from USDA-APHIS to conduct a series of workshops in New York State to establish Cornell Cooperative Extension as the source of information and guidance to citizens and communities on the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The EAB is a small beetle from Asia that has been spreading throughout the Midwest since the mid 1990’s killing millions of native ash trees in urban and rural settings. It was first detected in western New York State in the summer of 2009 and will gradually spread throughout the state.
The goal of the Emerald Ash Borer Workshops is to train CCE Educators and community volunteers to be a source for trusted information and guidance to help communities prepare for the eventual arrival of this devastating pest. We have planned 14 workshops throughout the state. The target audience for these workshops will be CCE educators, Master Gardeners, Master Forest Owners, Master Naturalists, members of NY’s Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs), and land management professionals in county and municipal governments.
The workshops will cover topics of vital importance to help individuals and communities prepare for the arrival of the EAB and to minimize the potentially devastating economic impacts.
Specific components of the workshop include:
- introduction and background to the EAB problem;
- basic EAB biology and identification;
- EAB control tactics;
- community stakeholder identification, EAB message development, and effective communication practices;
- and the design and development of EAB community action plans.
A local training will be held on Wednesday, April 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Cooperative Extension Center, 28 Parkside Drive in Ellicottville. There is no fee for the training but pre-registration is requested, please contact Lynn Bliven at 716-699-2377 ext 18 or by email lao3 [at] cornell [dot] edu.
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