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Emerald Ash Borer is Topic of Nature Center’s First Friday in February
Emerald Ash Borer is Topic of Nature Center’s First Friday in February

Jamestown, NY – With confirmation that the Emerald Ash Borer is now resident in Chautauqua County, how will you deal with the Emerald Ash Borer when it arrives in your back yard?

Betsy Burgeson, chair of the Chautauqua County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force, will give a presentation on this invasive species at the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on 11 a.m. February 6, 2015.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an insect of Asian origin that is rapidly making its way across the United States, threatening all of our ash trees. It tunnels under the bark, cutting off water and nutrients and ultimately killing the tree in two to four years. Municipalities are making management plans for ash trees on public lands, and residents will also need to have a plan to manage ash trees on their property.

Participants will learn background information on the Emerald Ash Borer, how to recognize signs and symptoms of EAB, the potential effects on our communities and, most importantly, how to prepare and make educated plans for their own ash trees.

Now the Superintendent of Gardens and Landscapes for Chautauqua Institution, until recently Betsy Burgeson was the Master Gardener Program Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. She holds a B.S. in Earth Science and Biology Education from S.U.N.Y. Fredonia and taught biology at Panama Central School. She was Chautauqua County’s first Watershed Steward.

You can learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer at www.nyis.info/?action=eab.

Following the program, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.  

The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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