Free green industry class to discuss emerald ash borer pest

Cooperative Extension series teaches sustainable horticulture to local professionals

Emerald ash borers can kill an ash tree within three to five years. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet, Cooperative Extension.

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11/28/2018 | By: Tiffany Kozsan |

Several ash tree varieties do well in Nevada's climate. However, with the imminent threat of emerald ash borers moving across the country, many ash trees in the region will be at risk. To prepare green industry professionals to defend against these pests, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents "Emerald Ash Borer: Current status and identification," noon-1 p.m., Dec. 12, at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno, as part of the Green Industry Continuing Education Series.

"Many ash tree varieties can handle Nevada's cyclical droughts, harsh cold winds and alkaline soils, but there is a devastating pest attacking them that can kill a tree within three to five years of infestation," said Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture Program Coordinator Jenn Fisher, who helped coordinate the class. "It is inevitable that the emerald ash borer will enter this region, and when it does, industry professionals should know how to identify it and its damage early on, as well as learn potential control methods."

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The class will be taught by Forest Health Specialist Gene Philips, with the Nevada Division of Forestry, and will cover the current situation of the pests in the United States, and how to identify and potentially control them. Philips will also discuss updates in firewood quarantine zones and the potential impacts of changes. Philips will end the class with a brief update on five other existing and new invasive insect pests that may affect our region. The class offers International Society of Arboriculture and pesticide applicator Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The Green Industry Continuing Education Series provides current, research-based information to green-industry professionals. For upcoming classes, visit the series website.

Register online at the Emerald Ash Borer class website.  For more information on classes or certification, contact Fisher at fisherj@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0249. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the class they intend to attend.

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