The Oak Ridge Tree Board is hosting a workshop focused on the impact of the emerald ash borer in the area. The event, scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, August 29, will provide important information regarding the emerald ash borer for property owners, landscapers, and others involved in the maintenance of green spaces, a press release said.
“Ash trees make up a significant percentage of our urban forest and have traditionally been a landscaping staple,” the press release said. “Many of these trees in Oak Ridge are already dead or beyond treatment, but a significant number can be saved. At the workshop later this month, experts from around the area will address issues such as identification of affected ash trees and responses to EAB (emerald ash borer) infestation, including appropriate treatment.”
Those who attend will learn about these pests and their origin and how they spread across the country, as well as the techniques used in diverse areas ranging from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to urban areas, such as Knoxville and surrounding municipalities.
The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. August 29 at the University of Tennessee Arboretum Auditorium, located just off South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. Refreshments will be served prior to the workshop and there is no cost to attend, the press release said.
Scheduled speakers include representatives from the National Park Service, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the University of Tennessee’s Urban Forestry extension, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Workshop—“The Ash Tree Demise: What is the Emerald Ash Borer and What Can We do About it?”
Tuesday, August 29
6-8 p.m. (refreshments at 5:30 p.m.)
UT Arboretum Auditorium
901 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge
The public, specialists in the field, and all interested parties are encouraged to attend the workshop, the press release said.
For more information, call (865) 272-6512 or visit ored.oakridgetn.gov and click on “Emerald Ash Borer” under the “Learn About” section.
See our previous stories on the emerald ash borer here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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