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Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Orientation Required

Emerald Ash Borer Monitor Training

The emerald ash borer is a destructive wood-boring pest of ash trees. Native to most of Asia, the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002. Today, EAB infestations have been detected in 35 states and the District of Columbia, including several counties across Massachusetts. This invasive beetle can decimate ash forests and quickly spread its range unless humans intervene, and take precautions to prevent the spread of infected wood.

The EAB was first spotted in eastern Massachusetts in 2014, and recent studies suggest a natural EAB population front moves approximately 2 miles per year. The Department of Conservation and Recreation and US Department of Agriculture are working to establish biocontrol species in multiple locations throughout the state, introducing natural predators to control EAB without negatively impacting native habitats. An informed, engaged community of residents can help slow the spread of this invader.

This is where you come in! We are partnering with the Friends of Alewife Reservation, City of Cambridge, Fresh Pond Reservation, and Dept. of Conservation and Recreation to train volunteers to identify the signs of EAB infestations in local ash trees. This training will equip you to identify the invader at home and in your local communities. After this training, you will be invited to attend recurring monitoring events at Alewife Reservation in Cambridge. We ask that attendees attend at least one field monitoring session with us at a future date (to be determined through a doodle poll).

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