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Emerald Ash Borer Evening Workshops

Emerald Ash Borer Evening Workshops

October 5 & 6, 2022 (4PM-6PM)

Emerald Ash Borer Has Been Found in the Pacific Northwest . . .

. . . and it’s bad news for ash trees.  Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that became established in the U.S. in the early 2000’s near Detroit, MI.  It has since killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the eastern U.S. in Canada and is considered one of the most destructive invasive pests in history. Until recently, it has not been moved west of the Rocky Mountains but this year it was found outside of Portland, Oregon.

This will have big impacts on forest owners in southwest Washington, where the native Oregon ash occurs more frequently.  However, other ash species like green or white ash are also commonly found in landscapes, which means urban and suburban areas will also be affected throughout the state.

It is only a matter of time until the beetle is found in Washington, so now is the time to prepare.  This workshop will focus on properly identifying both the beetle itself and the early symptoms on trees.  We’ll also discuss ways to improve early detection, management implications, and species options for replacing ash-dominant areas.

Both workshops will cover the same material.

When and Where

Wednesday, October 5th (4PM-6PM) – Plas Newydd Farm in Ridgefield, WA

Thursday, October 6th (4PM-6PM) – Meyer’s Point Environmental Field Station in Olympia, WA

Additional details and directions will be sent after registration closes on October 3rd.

What to Expect

Logistics

Please read the following carefully to know what to expect:

    • Important!  For attending the Olympia Workshop, you will need to sign this waiver (PDF) in order to enter the property.
    • Wear boots appropriate for walking forested terrain.  We may walk upwards of 0.5 miles at either location.
    • These events will happen rain or shine, dress appropriately
    • There will not be access to a restroom at the Ridgefield Workshop
    • Further instructions and directions to the locations will be provided after registration closes.

Registration

Pre-registration is required!

Cost

This event is free!  Courtesy of WSU Extension and the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

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Pre-register online

Please fill out the pre-registration survey using the link to the right.  Registration closes on October 3rd.

Questions?

Reach out to Patrick Shults at patrick.shults@wsu.edu

Acknowledgements

Funding for this workshop was made possible by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Lewis County, Pacific County, and U.S. Forest Service.

Accommodations

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Patrick Shults at 360-553-1116 or patrick.shults@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.