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Emerald Ash Borer Field Day

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

Join Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist, Rick Harper, UMass Extension Associate Professor, Ken Gooch and Nicole Keleher, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Health Program, Phil Lewis, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service PPQ, and Mollie Freilicher, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Urban and Community Forestry Program, for a field day devoted to the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB). The morning will begin with a classroom-style overview of ash tree and EAB identification and status, as well as insect monitoring and management options. The remainder of the program will include on-site visitation of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to view ash trees and EAB infestations. Trapping demonstrations and tips to carry out community tree inventories to detect and manage ash trees will also occur. This training is designed for arborists, tree wardens/urban foresters, municipal officials, landscapers, land managers, landowners and tree enthusiasts.

Co-sponsored by UMass Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Mass Audubon.


Preregistration required – space is limited to 60 participants; cost is a reduced $25 per person, thanks to funding support provided by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and meeting space provided by Mass Audubon. Lunch will be on your own but morning coffee and snacks will be provided.

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8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks - Tom Lautzenheiser, Regional Scientist, Mass Audubon
9:15 AM

Background & Overview: Ash Trees and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist
Rick Harper, Extension Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst
Attendees will receive an overview about the status and identification of ash trees in Massachusetts and the biology, identification of, and detection of damage caused by EAB.

9:45 AM An Update on EAB in Massachusetts
Ken Gooch & Nicole Keleher, Forest Health Program, MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
This presentation will discuss the current (known) distribution of EAB in MA and ongoing monitoring/ management techniques.
10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM

Treatment Options for Protecting Ash Trees from EAB 
Phil Lewis, Regulatory Treatments Program Coordinator, USDA APHIS PPQ
Attendees will learn about chemical treatment options and application strategies/technologies for the management of EAB.

11:15 AM

Ash and EAB in the Field: Identification, Inventory, & Trapping
Join the roster of speakers outdoors at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to review ash tree and EAB identification and to participate in a trapping demonstration. Participants will also learn how to conduct a sample tree inventory with MA DCR Community Action Forester, Mollie Freilicher, to better prepare their communities for dealing with this insect and their ash resource.

12:45 PM

Q&A, Evaluations, Pesticide and Association Credits, & Adjourn

Pesticide & Professional Credits

Three pesticide contact hours for categories 35, 36, and Applicators License available, valid for equivalent categories in all New England states. ISA, MCA, MCH, MCLP, and SAF credits requested.

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's email: 
Contact's phone on day of event: 
127 Combs Road Easthampton MA