Preventing and mitigating forest pest invasions
Date: April 4, 2017
Location: Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, NY
Goals: Raising awareness of long--‐term approaches to mitigating regionally important existing forest pest invasions, i.e., emerald ash borer (EAB), hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and elongate hemlock scale (EHS), and preventing new invasions; recruiting volunteers for particular programs to identify EAB--‐resistant ash trees and to block pathways for introduction of new forest pests; developing corps of volunteers for participation in LHPRISM projects more generally.
Inform the general public, as well as representatives of agencies, municipalities and NGOs about the overall scope and impacts of invasive forest pest problems:
Provide a case history of one municipality (Woodstock) hit hardest and earliest by EAB, and what was learned from this;
Recruit participants for the Managing and Monitoring Ash (MaMA) project, which comprises assessing ash importance, monitoring EAB impacts, and identifying potentially EAB – resistant ash;
Provide guidance about hemlock management in light of threats by hemlock woolly adelgid and elongate hemlock scale and hemlock’s integral ecosystem roles; and
Encourage participation in the Tree—SMART Trade initiative and explore the potential for local initiatives to confront the global problem of trade in unsafe plants and wood products.
Background: Woodstock’s history with EAB; Tree--SMART Trade initiative; Managing and Monitoring Ash (MaMA); ERI’s work on hemlock ecology and conservation