Public invited to discuss emerald ash borer preparedness
Brighton residents are invited to participate in two town meetings to discuss the threat of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), its potential impact and plans to deal with this tree pest invasion locally. The city of Brighton, Trees Forever and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Bureau are hosting these meetings.
The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Brighton city hall. Trees Forever field coordinator Patty Petersen will provide an overview of the looming Emerald Ash Borer threat and the impact that the insect pest will have on homeowners and the community at large. The many benefits that healthy trees provide will also be discussed.
A follow-up meeting is being planned for late fall. At that meeting Trees Forever’s Petersen will be joined by Iowa DNR district forester, Ray Lehn. They will share the results of a recent street tree inventory that the DNR conducted in Brighton. 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.
Funding for these educational meetings, the local street tree inventory, and for developing Brighton’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 EAB town meetings, please contact Chris Davies 319-694-2695, or Trees Forever field coordinator Patty Petersen at 319-350-4185.