Emerald Ash Borer Meeting with Marilyn Wyman and Mark Whitmore

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties Team Coordinator Marilyn Wyman held an on-site event on Wednesday to show participants how to identify Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and discuss the impacts and problems with infestation. Department of Natural Resources Forest Entomologist Mark Whitmore said you need to recognize the Ash tree before remediation can take place. He explained that something needs to happen fast because the region is at the bottom of what Whitmore called the “death curve.” The “death curve” is explained by EAB populations, as first seeing very little ash tree mortality and then a steep increase. Currently in Greene County, the mortality rate is low, but with evident signs of EAB presence.

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