Emerald ash borer in Chautauqua County

Date(s) - Friday, Feb 06, 2015
11:00 am

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


With confirmation that the Emerald ash borer is now resident in Chautauqua County, how will you deal with it in your back yard?

Betsy Burgeson, chair of the Chautauqua County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force, will give a presentation on this invasive species at the First Friday Lunch Bunch at 11 a.m. Feb. 6. at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an insect of Asian origin that is rapidly making its way across the United States, threatening ash trees. It tunnels under the bark, cutting off water and nutrients and ultimately killing the tree in two to four years. Municipalities are making management plans for ash trees on public lands, and residents will also need to have a plan to manage ash trees on their property.

Participants will learn background information on the EAB how to recognize signs and symptoms of EAB, the potential effects of it on communities and how to prepare and make educated plans for your own ash trees.

Following the program, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.

Betsy Burgeson is now the superintendent of Gardens and Landscapes for Chautauqua Institution. Until recently she was the Master Gardener Program coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. She holds a B.S. in Earth Science and Biology Education from SUNY Fredonia and taught biology at Panama Central School. She was Chautauqua County’s first Watershed Steward.