Emerald Ash Borer To Be Discussed at Town Hall

Invasive beetle can kill trees; what homeowners can do

On Thursday, January 17, the Environmental Town Hall at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will feature an expert panel to address the Emerald Ash Borer, a tiny beetle from Asia that has invaded forests in the United States.

Nature Center Natural Resource Manager Sarah Cech will be joined by Dr. Anand Persad, Davey Tree Company entomologist; Alan Siewert, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Northeast Ohio urban forester; Jennifer Braman, local arborist; and Pat Neville, Shaker Heights forester, to discuss how the EAB attacks, what homeowners can do and what steps the Nature Center has taken.

The Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in Ohio in February 2003. The EAB larvae feed on the living portion of the Ash tree directly beneath the bark, which restricts the tree’s ability to move essential water and nutrients throughout the plant. In three to five years, even the healthiest tree is unable to survive the attack.

Symptoms of an EAB infested tree are branch die back, sprouting around the base of the treeand unusual woodpecker activity.

The Environmental Town Hall begins at 7 and ends at 8:30 pm. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions following the presentation by the panel of experts. Registration for the presentation can be made by calling (216) 321-5935 or visiting www.shakerlakes.org. The cost is $5for members and $8 for non-members.

Participants are also invited to a happy hour beginning at 6 p.m. prior to the program to meet Nature Center staff and learn about volunteering opportunities at the Nature Center.


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