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October 9, 2012

Program to help homeowners, neighborhoods manage EAB

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension will co-sponsor a program on Oct. 30 to help homeowners and neighborhood associations manage emerald ash borer.

The free program will run 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Garden House in Matter Park, 1 Matter Park Circle, Marion. It is co-sponsored by the Marion Parks and Recreation Department.

"The general public has heard a lot of information about Emerald Ash Borer in recent years, and for good reason - the pest kills ash trees," said John Woodmansee, Purdue Extension agriculture and natural resources educator in Grant County. "Homeowners and neighborhood associations may be asking, 'What are the risks to our trees?'

"This program is intended to equip people with the information they need to identify this pest, recognize the risk to their own trees, and consider management strategies."

Speakers will be Cliff Sadof, Purdue Extension entomologist, and Annemarie Nagle, Purdue University forest pest outreach coordinator.

In addition to his presentation, Sadof will share information about a program that can help neighborhood associations prepare for EAB called, "Neighbors Against Bad Bugs." The program helps neighborhood residents work together to identify at-risk trees and stretch management dollars by seeking group contracts for tree care.

"Fall is a great time to start planning your response to EAB for next spring," Sadof said. "Planning ahead is key if you want to preserve ash trees and save money."

Emerald ash borer is a pest of ash trees that was confirmed in Indiana in 2004. All native ash trees are at risk, including the popular green ash and white ash used in many home and neighborhood landscapes.

For more information about the EAB program, call Woodmansee at 765-651-2413.

Writer: Jennifer Stewart, 765-494-6682, jsstewar@purdue.edu

Sources: John Woodmansee, 765-651-2413, jwoodman@purdue.edu

Cliff Sadof, 765-494-5983, csadof@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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