Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a destructive and invasive forest pest that feeds on all species of ash trees in North America. Over 99% of ash trees will likely succumb to EAB and die. In Vermont, EAB is now confirmed in Orange, Washington, Caledonia, Grand Isle, Bennington, Addison, Orleans, and Windham Counties, and most recently in Londonderry. Communities statewide are encouraged to prepare for the impacts of the pest. This training, led by staff from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, will teach participants about EAB, introduce planning and management strategies, give an overview of the resources available to help towns assess risk and establish a plan, and draw from local experiences of towns that are now addressing ash tree and EAB management.
This training is intended for municipal staff and members of selectboards, conservation commissions, planning commissions, and tree committees. Additionally, town tree wardens, Forest Pest First Detectors, and others engaged in planning for EAB at the local level in Windham County communities may also benefit from the training.
This training is free but registration is required. Space is limited and registration will close on Monday, January 27th.
This training is being offered through a coordinated effort between the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program and the Windham Regional Commission.
Questions? Contact Joanne Garton, Technical Assistance Coordinator with the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program.