New Chautauqua County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force to hold first meeting

Date(s) - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014
9:30 am

Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is heading up the new Chautauqua County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force.

The initial meeting of the task force will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Frank Bratt Ag Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown.

Prime stakeholders that are encouraged to join are homeowners, landowners, municipal officials and planners, educators, utilities representatives, scientists, arborists, foresters, tourism officials, conservation organizations, park supervisors, highway supervisors and landscape architects.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Betsy Burgeson, chair of the new task force and coordinator of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program at or (716) 664-9502, ext. 204 by Tuesday, Sept. 9. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to be part of the task force or receive email news and updates on the Emerald Ash Borer in Chautauqua County, please contact her as well.

Chautauqua County stakeholders have been active members of the WNY EAB task force for over a year in the Buffalo area, but because the emerald ash borer was confirmed in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area last April, the WNY task force wanted to encourage a more localized group. After an informational meeting at the end of July, the Chautauqua County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force was established.

“It’s crucial for Chautauqua County to take a proactive approach to the Emerald Ash Borer,” said Burgeson.  More than 10 percent of Chautauqua County’s trees are ash (Fraxinus) and are susceptible.

The preliminary goal of the task force is to get as many different stakeholders in the same room to discuss the potential impacts, outline a needs assessment for the county and network in order to determine the resources available and how everyone can work together to minimize the impact of the emerald ash borer.