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Forest Service to Host Emerald Ash Borer Workshops in Topeka
Kansas Ag Connection - 08/10/2017

Properly caring for Kansas trees has become an increasingly difficult task for our state's foresters, city and county staff, tree boards, and other tree care professionals.

The Kansas Forest Service, Shawnee County Research and Extension, and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation are hosting two workshops on Aug. 16 to address the emerald ash borer. The insect, which has been detected in Shawnee and seven other Kansas counties, is a serious threat bringing larger challenges than ever to the state.

The afternoon seminar will be in the Preston Hale Room of the Ward Meade Historic Site in Topeka from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will focus on the identification of the pest, details of the quarantine in place, and the impact to community forests and governmental budgets. An open forum for participant networking will follow the program.

Mayors and council representatives, county commissioners and staff, arborists and horticulturalists, city foresters and park managers, public works officials and staff, landscape architects, and grounds maintenance staff particularly are encouraged to attend the afternoon seminar. Certification hours are available with this training. There is no charge to attend, but all participants should register with the Kansas Forest Service by Friday, Aug. 11 to ensure adequate numbers of handouts and refreshments.

A registration brochure can be found online at www.Kansasforests.org/events and faxed in, or attendees can register by phone at 785-532-3301, or email rethmank@ksu.edu .

The general public is encouraged to attend the evening session at the K-State Research and Extension Shawnee County office at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the emerald ash borer, how to identify the insect, detect signs of damage, and management options. Homeowners, landowners, and concerned citizens are invited to attend this informational event.

There is no cost to attend the evening session, but attendees are asked to RSVP with the Shawnee County Extension office by Aug. 11 to ensure sufficient numbers of handouts and refreshments. Contact Ariel Whitely, arielw@ksu.edu or 785-232-0062. This program is provided by the Kansas Forest Service and K-State Research and Extension in Shawnee County.

For more information on either workshop, contact Kim Bomberger, kbomberg@ksu.edu or 785-532-3315.

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