Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring and Outreach
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been identified in neighboring Ulster County. When the EAB arrives, all of the ash trees in our forest will die. Ash makes up about 7 % of the trees on the preserve. The loss of such a large number of trees will greatly impact our forest. People moving firewood has greatly accelerated the spread of these insects.
On October 28th and 29th we hosted a Forest Pest Outreach Training and Survey in cooperation with the USDA. The Forest Pest Outreach Survey taught participants to recognize the signs and symptoms of the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer. Participants learned the skills that they need to survey neighborhood trees and educate others about these invasive insects. NYSDA inspectors led teams of volunteers and surveyed industrial sites in the City of Poughkeepsie. We did not find any signs of Emerald Ash Borer or Asian Long Horned Beetle during our surveys. However, we are continuing to provide training to students and the community.
We are dedicated to help educate our community about actions they can take to slow the invasion.