MASON CITY | The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a small beetle that kills all species of ash trees, including green, white, black and blue. This federally regulated insect has been found in eight Iowa counties and has the potential to spread across the state.
A public meeting directed toward homeowners and other concerned citizens will be held at 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at the Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd., Mason City to provide information concerning the presence of emerald ash borer in Iowa.
"This meeting is designed to provide helpful, usable information to prepare for one of the most destructive insects to hit the urban forest in decades,” said Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Entomologist.
The meetings will be presented by a panel of experts: Greg Heidebrink and Jason Walker, Iowa Department of Natural Resources District Foresters; Mike Kintner EAB Outreach and Regulatory Coordinator with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Entomologist; Trivon Feeley, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forest Health Program Leader. They will share EAB and ash tree information to help you learn:
• How to identify EAB
• How to identify an ash tree
• Signs of EAB infestation
• If the tree is safe
• If a tree is a candidate for treatment
• EAB treatment options
• How the spread of EAB is being restricted
• Ash Tree replacement options.
EAB has been found in Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Cedar, Des Moines, Jefferson, Union and Wapello Counties. All 99 counties in Iowa have been quarantined by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to slow movement of this destructive pest.
The meeting is free and no registration is required. If you have questions, call ISU Extension and Outreach Mitchell County at 641-732-5574 or visit the website www.extension.iastate.edu/cerrogordo or email firstname.lastname@example.org.