|Columbus Junction residents are invited to participate in a second town meeting to discuss the looming Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) threat, its potential impact, and plans to deal with this tree pest invasion locally. Columbus Junction Tree Committee, Trees Forever, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are hosting the meeting. |
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM at Columbus Junction Civic Center, 232 2nd Street, Columbus Junction. Trees Forever Field Coordinator Patty Petersen will be joined by DNR District Forester Lisa Louck, who will share the results of a recent street tree inventory that the DNR conducted in Columbus Junction. A management plan for the town’s current tree population, as well as suggested approaches for addressing the potential loss and replacement of the town’s ash trees, will also be discussed.
A light lunch will be available for those attending.
At a previous town meeting, Trees Forever staff provided an overview of the Emerald Ash Borer threat, and the impact that the insect pest will have on homeowners and the community at large. The many benefits that healthy trees provide were also discussed.
Funding for these educational meetings, the local street tree inventory, and for developing Columbus Junction’s street tree management plan, comes from a U.S. Forest Service grant for EAB Monitoring, Outreach, and Community Forestry Assistance, in partnership with the Iowa DNR and Trees Forever.
For more information on the EAB town meeting, please contact Trees Forever Field Coordinator Patty Petersen at (319) 350-4185 or call Roger Hunt, Columbus Community Trees Forever contact, at (563)-260-1074.
For more information on Trees Forever or the Emerald Ash Borer educational project, click here. or call 800-369-1269.