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Emerald ash borer education workshop a success

As the new City Arborist for Frankfort, Ky., Lorri Grueber was eager to make an impact. She quickly realized that five years into Kentucky’s emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation, EAB was no longer viewed as a “hot topic” for the state, and no large scale EAB education had been offered since 2011. Using an EAB Arboriculture Education Grant from the TREE Fund, Grueber helped Kentucky take a big step forward in its EAB management. She orchestrated a highly successful one-day workshop that educated 143 tree care industry professionals, municipal leaders and private landowners with the latest on EAB and its management.

The program had five measurable goals, and all were met:

  1. Provide education to multiple groups that will be affected by EAB. The workshop had private industry arborists, landscape architects, municipal arborists, utility arborisits, pesticide applicators, private landowners, arboretum directors, conservatory representatives and consulting arborists in attendance.
  2. Have attendees from each of the quarantined counties in Kentucky. Five of seven attended; the other two counties may have attended, but it was unconfirmed.
  3. Provide the most up-to-date information available. University of Kentucky Department of Entomology presented a “State-of the State” talk on EAB.
  4. Provide post-event resources for all participants. The majority of the presentations were loaded onto a jump drive and given to all participants.
  5. Provide a minimum of 5 CEU’s to ISA certified arborists. The program offered the following CEU’s: ISA-6, KYAGR-2 general, 2 specific for pesticide applicators, KY Board of Landscape Architects-5.25

In addition, participants praised the workshop in the post-event survey with comments such as, “I liked hearing updates on the science going on to slow the spread of EAB, and I liked hearing professional input on control methods,” and “The speakers did a good job of providing diversity even though they were all speaking about the same topic.”

Without the TREE Fund grant, this workshop would never have happened. The event helped create a much-needed renewed sense of urgency in dealing with the destruction caused by EAB in Kentucky.

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