Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Community Information & Discussion
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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Community Information & Discussion Evening
The invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle (EAB) is here. What does that mean to our area? What is going to happen? What can we do?
Many of us can't identify an Ash tree, but we sure are going to notice when they're gone! Ash trees make up 12% of our city street trees and are an important part of our backyard, park, commercial, riverbank, and community urban forest. The three species of ash in New Brunswick can amazingly live up to 400 years and play a unique ecological, cultural, and economic role.
With a 99% tree mortality rate, EAB has ravaged forests across the US and Canada since its discovery in 2002. And now levels of infestation have been confirmed for Fredericton and area. The good news is that the City of Fredericton has been preparing, and our community may be able to benefit from almost 20 years of research and practice.
We can help! If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that we all have an important role to play – whether it’s early identification, slowing the spread, making informed choices about environmentally safe treatment options, replacing dying trees with climate-smart species, not moving ash wood around our province, or participating in the city's decisions about saving significant public and private trees.
Our city has extraordinary expertise in this area. Our panel will get you started on what you need to know followed by a community Q&A/discussion moderated by Dr. Jim Goltz, well-known naturalist and conservationist.
TOPICS and SPEAKERS:
• Ash identification; ecological, cultural & economic importance - Dr. Jim Goltz, nature love & observer for over 6 decades
• The EAB’s life cycle, impact on N. America, as well as current research & control - Dr. Lucas Roscoe and Dr. Jon Sweeney, national research scientists with the Canadian Forest Service
• The City of Fredericton’s EAB management strategy for public trees, removal & disposal guidelines, applicable bylaws, planned public outreach - Mike Glynn, Assistant Manager/City Forester, Parks &Trees
• “You Don’t Have to Kiss Your Ash Good Bye” - how we got here, the costs of not acting, & management options that keep trees alive & protect the urban forest canopy - Ed Czerwinski (RPF), UNB Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management & owner of Forestree Care, involved with EAB since discovery in 2002
• Best practices for slowing the spread within & outside of our communities, resources for follow-up - Kristin Elton, NB Invasive Species Council
• Surveillance and regulations on wood movement restrictions - Ron Neville, Plant Health Biologist from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
This event is hosted by Trees Matter Fredericton as part of our “Let’s Talk Trees” series of online events which aim to get us all more informed and involved in the urban nature issues which affect us.
“Learn, love, protect, connect! We live and work and play in an urban forest.”