The introduced emerald ash borer threatens to functionally eliminate ash from forests in the northeastern United States generating significant cultural, ecological, and economic impacts. Effective insecticide treatments exist for protecting mature ash trees; however, these have largely been considered in the context of residential or urban settings. Given the importance of ash, both to cultural lifeways of Indigenous peoples, as well as to the ecology and economics of working forest lands, interest is growing in applying similar protection measures to ash growing in rural, forested settings. Nevertheless, there are key knowledge gaps on how to best prioritize stands and individuals for long-term preservation in these forested contexts. Professor Tony D'Amato will discuss potential strategies for prioritizing ash preservation to meet ecological, silvicultural, and cultural objectives, particularly in the management of lowland and northern hardwood forest ecosystems. This webinar has been approved for 1 CE credit with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Registrants will receive a link to a recording of the webinar.
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