In this landmark summit, experts discuss the natural and cultural history of the magnificent Ash-and the deadly crisis it faces today.
The Ash (Fraxinus) is one of the largest genera of trees in the Northeast forest, and is planted as a street tree across the continent. Many are keystone species, anchoring their ecosystems. The wood is economically important, with splints being highly valued in traditional Amerindian basketry.
Unfortunately, the Ash is threatened by an invasive beetle, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), discovered near Detroit in 2002 and now moving rapidly eastward through New York, New England and Canada. EAB larvae burrow under the bark, creating extensive tunnels that disrupt the flow of water and nutrients. Mortality is nearly 100 percent, and all North American Ash species are likely susceptible to EAB infestation and death.
The Saving the American Ash Summit will examine a genus in peril, as well as ways that homeowners, nature enthusiasts, and forest resource managers can work to save these beloved trees.
Moderated by Brian M. Boom, Ph.D., VP for Conservation Strategy, NYBG
ASH IN NORTH AMERICAN FOREST ECOSYSTEMS AND THE THREAT OF EMERALD ASH BORER
Kathleen Knight, Ph.D.
Research Ecologist, Northern Research Station, US Forest Service
SUSTAINING TRADITIONS: THE EFFECTS OF EAB ON BLACK ASH BASKETRY
Black ash basket weaver, Grand Traverse Band Ottawa and Chippewa and Gun Lake Band
CONSERVING ASH TREES IN THE NORTHEAST: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH
Director of Conservation Outreach, NYBG
MONITORING AND MANAGING ASH: A PROTOCOL FOR CONSERVATION AND MITIGATION
Jonathan Rosenthal, M.S., J.D.
Director, Ecological Research Institute, Kingston, NY
CEUs will be provided
Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Visit NYBG Site to purchase.