The City of Iowa City will team up with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Johnson County, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) later this month to host two informational meetings on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The presence of this ash tree-destroying exotic pest was recently confirmed in Iowa City.
The first meeting will be organized for people working in the green industry, such as arborists, public works and parks employees, horticulturists, Master Gardeners, tree services, landscapers, nursery centers, lawn care companies, and commercial pesticide applicators. It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 at the Johnson County Extension and Outreach office at 3109 Old Highway 218 South. Presentations will include "Wood Utilization Options" and "Bark Peeling - How to find EAB in Trees."
Later that day, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the same location, a second meeting will be held specifically for the public, including homeowners and other concerned residents. Topics to be covered at the public meeting will include "Ash Tree Identification and Assessment" and "Ash Tree Replacements."
There is no charge to attend either event. Presenters will include Zac Hall, City of Iowa City Parks and Forestry Superintendent; Mike Kintner, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Mark Shour, ISU Extension and Outreach Entomology; and Mark Vitosh, Iowa DNR Forestry.
For more information, call ISU Extension and Outreach for Johnson County at 319-337-2145.