Grundy County Extension and Outreach & Kling Memorial Library are joining together to offer a class to introduce Grundy County residents to emerald ash borer and the risks it poses for the ash tree population in our county. Class will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:30 7:30 p.m. at the Kling Memorial Library.
Emerald ash borer was recently discovered in Black Hawk and Bremer counties, marking 7 locations where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued in February.
The Iowa EAB Team determined that a whole state approach to the quarantine is warranted at this time. "Communities need to focus on planning and implementing proactive measures to prepare for EAB in their urban forest," said state entomologist Robin Pruisner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
This class will focus on the basics of the emerald ash borer, how to determine whether treatments are necessary for your ash trees and help to expand your knowledge of the pest and what your risks are.
This program is being offered at no charge thanks to generous donations by Kling Memorial Library and Grundy County Extension & Outreach. Please call the Grundy County Extension office at 319-824-6979 to register. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.