The Emerald Ash Borer is a green invasive wood boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. The invasive beetle has been positively identified in at least six Iowa counties.
Taking a pro-active approach, a Symposium:?"Emerald Ash Borer and Alternatives for Replanting" will be held Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Lakes Community College auditorium. Leading the discussion will be Todd Brockshus from Del's Garden Center in Spencer.
The symposium is sponsored by Emmetsburg Kiwanis, in cooperation with Iowa Lakes Community College. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Emerald Ash Borer
Initially, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) issue was somewhat limited to eastern Iowa, according to a recent article by Mark Tomb from the Iowa League of Municipalities. Recent discoveries have shown that this can move across the state rather quickly.
In his article, Tom quoted State Forester Paul Tauke:?"It is probably time for communities to plan for when EAB is discovered and know how many trees they are dealing with in their urban tree canopy. For many communities there is still time to get tree inventories completed and to do planning. We think this is the number one priority right now for communities so they can make data driven decisions on what they need to do with their ash tree population."
7 p.m. April 9
Iowa Lakes Community
Emmetsburg City Council discussed the anticipated loss of ash trees in the coming years. At their March 10 meeting, councilmen discussed the financial burden that will be placed on the city and private citizens to remove affected ash trees.
"The death of ash trees will be here before we know it," said City Administrator John Bird. He requested the Public Proper- ties Committee meet to begin forming a plan.
Councilman Mike Hermanson sees the need for mapping ash trees in the community. He suggested contacting the Extension Service for assistance.
Councilman Brian Campbell agreed, saying the city needs to be pro-active before the Emerald Ash Borer gets here.
Paul Saxton said the city will incur a huge expense taking out trees in the parking area. He suggested the council enforce an ordinance that forbids or requires a permit to plant trees in the right-of-way.