February 19, 2008
Emerald ash borer (EAB), that pesky imported pest that kills native ashtrees, is here to stay in northwest Ohio and neighboring states.Thatšs why Ohio State University Extension is offering homeowners,woodland owners, local officials and anybody else who owns or manages treesan educational program to learn more about management options and ongoingresearch, Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Bryan, southern Williams County.The program will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Williams CountyAgriculture Services Meeting Room, 1122 West High St. (across from the BryanCommunity Center on Buffalo Rd.).Presenting will be Amy Stone, coordinator of the Ohio State UniversityEAB Outreach Team. She will provide an overview of the invasive insect; anupdate on where EAB is in Williams County, in Ohio and throughout NorthAmerica; management options for either individual landscape trees orhundreds of woodland trees; and a review of research from Ohio State andothers who are looking at ways to slow down the spread of this pest, treattrees or even develop an EAB-resistant ash tree.For more information, contact Flo Chirra at the Williams Co. office ofOSU Extension, (419) 636-5608.An exotic, invasive insect from Asia, EAB was first discovered in Ohioin 2003. The beetlešs voracious larvae can kill ashes within 3-5 years. Formore information about EAB, visit http://ashalert.osu.edu or call (888)OHIO-EAB.OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio Statešs College of Food,Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.