Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a destructive and invasive forest pest that feeds on and eventually kills all species of ash trees. EAB is now confirmed in Orange, Washington, Caledonia, Grand Isle, and Bennington Counties and communities statewide are encouraged to prepare for the impacts of the pest. This training, led by staff from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, is intended to teach participants about EAB, introduce planning and management strategies, and to give an overview of the resources available to help towns assess risk and establish a plan. Participants will engage in an activity to strategize an approach to EAB management and will leave the training with action steps to take back to their community. This training is intended for municipal staff; Selectboard members; Conservation Commission, Planning Commission andTree Committee members; Tree Wardens; Forest Pest First Detectors; and anyone else who may be engaged in planning for EAB at the local level in Bennington County communities.
This training is free but registration is required. Space is limited and registration will close on Wednesday, November 7th. REGISTER HERE.
This training is being offered through a coordinated effort by the following organizations: the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Bennington County Conservation District, Bennington County Regional Planning Commission, and USDA Forest Service.
Questions? Contact Elise Schadler, Technical Assistance Coordinator with the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program