The EAB [Emerald Ash Borer] has been around for a long time,” says Janette Monear, CEO of Texas Trees Foundation. Foresters within the Texas A&M Forest Service would agree.
Effective reduction of this invasive wood-boring species, now present in Dallas County, will require “expansive collaboration, cooperation, and support,” to preserve a significant portion of Dallas’ tree canopy, says Monear. She also expressed gratitude that Dallas’ City Council “fully supports all efforts to address this issue.”
The Texas Trees Foundation (TTF) & Texas A&M Forest Service teamed up on Thursday, June 30, in a venue generously donated by Dallas College Richland Campus, for an informative, hands-on, community-wide training session entitled “Identifying & Managing Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).”
Thursday’s program was primarily designed for industry professionals in a combined effort to mitigate imminent effects of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive, wood-boring beetle set to destruct nearly 2 million ash trees across Dallas. In the Great Trinity Forest, 23% of the tree population is at risk.
Representatives and small business owners from organizations ranging from landscaping to tree services attended, and received general information on this invasive species believed to have arrived via packing materials from Asia.
Panel experts included Rachel McGregor, Urban Forester for Texas Trees Foundation; Courtney Blevins, Regional Urban Forester for Texas A&M Forest Service; Dr. Demian Gomez, Regional Forest Health Coordinator for Texas A&M Forest Service.
Gomez emphasized an overall goal of slowing the local EAB population growth and the importance of property owners and municipalities being more proactive than reactive, to overwhelming numbers of dying, dead, and often hazardous trees.
Following a general audience Q&A session, McGregor & Blevins conducted a live, outdoors demonstration on how to inject an ash tree, and shared information for safe takedown and removal, plus quarantine suggestions.
The June 30th event was the second of a multi-part series Texas Tree Foundation will host on identification and management of the EAB, set to continue into Fall 2022.
For more information on the Emerald Ash borer and how Texas Trees Foundation is helping combat destruction of Dallas’ local ash tree population, visit ttf.org/eab.