Good Afternoon, I hope you have all had a good week. All of our offices are closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday.
In the past few years there has been much work done in anticipation of the discovery of the pest Emerald Ash Borer, (EAB), in Minnesota. Last month the pest was discovered near Lacrosse Wisconsin and this month EAB was discovered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
This is a very serious pest that has had a history of killing every unprotected Ash tree that has been infected. Minnesota has one of the highest populations of Ash of any State in the Country, so the prospect of losing that tree population is hard to imagine.
In Minnesota the EAB team has been preparing for years for EAB. Their work includes early detection, containment of an identified infestation to stop the spread, and if necessary, treatment and removal.
Several of the media releases in the past week or so have indicated contacting the County Extension Office for more information. If you are getting these calls, here are some suggestions in helping people with their EAB questions:
-Extension Website: Emerald Ash Borer is featured on the Extension Website. Refer people to the website. If they do not have access to the internet, offer to print the pertinent pages.
-Do I have Emerald Ash Borer?
This worksheet on the Emerald Ash Borer Extension Website is a step by step guide to help tree owners identify if they have the pest.
-If people have additional questions or suspect that they may have EAB, they should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In the next few weeks, we plan to conduct several UM Connect sessions with County and Regional Staff to help with EAB questions and referrals.
Have a great weekend.