Public Invited to Discuss Local Tree Inventory and EAB Preparedness
Donnellson, Iowa - (January 16, 2014) - Donnellson residents are invited to participate in a town meeting to discuss the looming Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) threat, its potential impact, and plans to deal with this tree pest invasion locally. Trees Forever and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are hosting the meeting.
The meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2014, from 7:00 to 7:30 PM at Donnellson City Hall (500 N. Oak Street). Trees Forever Field Coordinator Dustin Hinrichs will be joined by DNR District Forester Lisa Louck, who will share the results of a recent street tree inventory that the DNR conducted in Donnellson. A management plan for the town's current tree population, as well as suggested approaches for addressing the potential loss and replacement of all the town's ash trees, will also be discussed.
"Trees provide so many benefits to our communities and residents, and the arrival of EAB will have a significant impact on all of us," states Meredith Borchardt, EAB Planning Program Manager with Trees Forever. "Planning ahead on this issue is key to the long-term success and health of the local tree population," she adds.
Funding for these educational meetings, the local street tree inventory, and for developing Donnellson's street tree management plan, comes from a U.S. Forest Service grant for EAB Monitoring, Outreach, and Community Forestry Assistance, in partnership with the Iowa DNR and Trees Forever.
For more information on the upcoming EAB town meeting, please contact Trees Forever Field Coordinator Dustin Hinrichs at (319) 440-7529. For more information on Trees Forever or the Emerald Ash Borer educational project, visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.
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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.