MUSCATINE, Iowa — An informational meeting about "one of the most destructive insects to hit urban forests in decades" will be held in Muscatine later this month.
The timing is right for the meeting, since the ash tree's enemy has been spotted in Muscatine County, back in July.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will host an informational meeting on the presence of emerald ash borer, an exotic, destructive insect that targets ash trees.
The bug now has been positively identified in 14 Iowa locations.
"These meetings are 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 & Outreach entomologist, in a news release.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Muscatine County Extension office, 1514 Isett Ave.The meeting is free and registration is not required.
The meeting is for the green industry, homeowners and others interested in the topic.
The following guests will present information at the meeting:
- Mike Kintner, emerald ash borer outreach and regulatory coordinator with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
- Mark Vitosh, District Forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
- Mark Shour, entomologist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
The three will help participants learn:
- How to identify emerald ash borer
- How to identify an ash tree
- Signs of emerald ash borer infestation
- If the tree is safe and if it is a candidate for treatment
- Treatment options
- History of emerald ash borer, how its spread, and how the spread of the emerald ash borer is being restricted
- Ash tree replacement options
For more information about the meeting or, to find out how to schedule an emerald ash borer meeting in your area, contact Shane Donegan at 515-242-5966 or Shane.Donegan@dnr.iowa.gov