The Department of Natural Resources will host three emerald ash borer (EAB) forest management workshops in May for private forest landowners in the northern Lower Peninsula. These workshops are being offered through a forest health grant offered through the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
The workshops are designed for landowners who are interested in learning how to best manage upland hardwood stands containing ash to remedy impacts from EAB infestation. EAB is an invasive species that has caused significant damage to ash trees across Michigan. Proper ash management directly after EAB invasion can help landowners recoup some of their timber investment, while also slowing the spread of the invasive borers across the landscape.
Foresters and forest health specialists will give workshop participants information on ash management; timber sale setup and implementation; EAB biology; current outbreak locations; and a general update on forest health issues. Presenters will also share information on federal and state programs that address EAB problems.
Workshops will be held at the following times and locations:
- Monday, May 9, Northwest Michigan MSU Horticultural Research Center, 6686 South Center Hwy., Traverse City, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 10, Bear Creek Township Hall, 373 North Division Rd., Petoskey, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
- Thursday, May 12, Alpena Community College, Besser Technical Center, Room 122, 665 Johnson St., Alpena, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
For more information about the EAB workshops, contact DNR Forester Michael Hanley at 517-241-1608 or Georgia Peterson at 517-335-7383. To learn more about EAB in Michigan, go online to www.michigan.gov/foresthealth or www.emeraldashborer.info.