ST. PAUL, Minn. (5/24/2010) —To help Minnesota communities prepare for the invasion of emerald ash borer (EAB), University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer several workshops around the state during the month of June.
Although EAB has already been found in a three-square mile area of Minnesota, it's important for communities statewide to prepare for the pest prior to its arrival.
Each workshop date includes two sessions. From 9 a.m. to noon, the EAB Train-the-Trainer Session is intended for community members who would like to educate others about EAB. From 1 to 4 p.m., the Community Preparedness Session is designed for community leaders, planners, foresters or others who are responsible for preparing their community for EAB.
Individuals may attend the morning session, the afternoon session or both.
Workshops are offered at no cost, but space is limited. To register, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/fprappropriation/workshopsreg.aspx.
Dates and locations are as follows:
- June 3, Inver Grove Heights (host site), filled to capacity (registration closed for this site)
- June 3, Thief River Falls (satellite site), Northland Community College, 1101 Hwy. 1 East, Room 703
- June 3, Rochester (satellite site), Rochester Community and Technical College, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Room ST110
- June 8, Duluth (host site), Lake Superior College, 2101Trinity Road, Room S1981
- June 8, Marshall (satellite site), Southwest Minnesota State University, 1501 State Street, Room ST 218
- June 9, St. Cloud (host site), St. Cloud State University, Centennial Hall, Room 115
- June 9, International Falls (satellite site), Rainy River Community College, 1501 Hwy. 71, Room SS143
- June 9, Grand Rapids (satellite site), Itasca Community College, 1651 E. Hwy. 169, Room T132
- June 14, North Mankato (host site), South Central College, 1920 Lee Boulevard, Conference Center A
- June 14, Fergus Falls (satellite site), Minnesota State Community and Technical College, 1414 College Way, Room S450
- June 14, Grand Marais (satellite site), Cook County Higher Education, North Shore Campus, 300 West 3rd St., Room 214
- June 16, Roseville (host site), Roseville Oval, 2661 Civic Center Drive, Rose Room
A host site is where most of the presenters will be broadcasting, using interactive video conferencing to satellite locations. Full two-way communication is available between host and satellite sites. MDA representatives and Extension experts will also be available at satellite sites to answer questions.
For more information about EAB, visit the Extension EAB website at www.extension.umn.edu/Issues/EAB.For questions about EAB, contact the "Arrest the Pest" Hotline at (651) 201-6684 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area or 1-888-545-6684 in Greater Minnesota, or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.