Hot off the Press from Joplin & St Charles County: Tree Inventories, Software, and a Management Plan

Title: Hot off the Press from Joplin & St Charles County: Tree Inventories, Software, and a Management Plan Overview: funded by MDC TRIM grants, Plan-It Geo has recently completed street and park tree inventories for Joplin and St. Charles County, Missouri using Tree Plotter inventory & data management software. Learn how tree data was collected in a real-time, online software, what reporting and analysis functionality is available immediately, how the Work Order Management (WOM) module will be…

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Trees and the Law Workshop

Presented by Jim Flott
IBEW Local 55 Hall
1435 NE 54th Ave A
Des Moines, Iowa
August 22nd 2019

Trees provide shade, purify the air, enhance quality of life, and inspire
poetry, but they also inspire maney lawsuits. In this workshop Jim will provide
participants with a framework to analyze tree law situations and help you
decide if you are qualified to handle tree law cases. Topics to be covered…

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Iowa Arborist Spring Workshops

Electrical Hazards Awareness Program, March 22 in Des Moines
Risk Assessment Qualification Course, April 12-14 in Grinnell
Aerial Rescue Training, May 18th in Ames
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News release:

Workshops Aim at Reducing & Recycling Loss from EAB


With Nebraska communities facing the loss of street trees to emerald ash borer over the next decade or more, an April symposium is focused on being proactive toward the changes that lie ahead.

                Topics span from “What to do once it’s discovered,” to “What to do with all the waste.” The April 6 workshop offers input from cities that began dealing with loss from emerald…

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Backyard Forest Conference

September 24, 2016 • 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wickiup Hill Learning Center
10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, Iowa Learn how to manage your forest while increasing native pollinator habitat, removing invasive plants, reducing erosion and more. Kick off a day full of exciting workshops with keynote speaker Heather Holm, Minnesota-based author of Pollinators of Native Plants and landscape designer specializing in pollinator landscapes and native landscape restorations.


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  • Potential New Host for Emerald Ash Borer Studied and Confirmed

    On October 14, 2014, the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) at the Smithsonian confirmed the partial adult and larval specimens recovered from a white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) as emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire). EAB larvae and a partial adult specimen were collected from four white fringetrees up to 20 miles distant from one another in the Dayton, OH area. Also present in the infested material were D-shaped exit holes and fully developed galleries identical to those caused by EAB.

    Based on these findings, APHIS PPQ is conducting studies to determine the full extent to which EAB is able to complete its lifecycle and utilize white fringetree as a host, which will take several months. APHIS is also revisiting previous research on whether other members of the Olive family can serve as hosts to EAB and whether this is a local phenomenon or occurring across the EAB infested part of white fringetree's range.

    APHIS will engage national, state, and industry partners as part of the regulatory decision making process should APHIS officially declare white fringetree as an EAB host and the plant and its parts as regulated articles under the EAB regulations and quarantine. Agency experts and leaders will be discussing this issue to determine the implications of this new information to the regulatory and detection aspects of the EAB program.

    White fringetree is in the olive family, as is the genus Fraxinus (ash). While other members of the olive family, including lilac and privet, were tested for host suitability those species were not considered suitable hosts for EAB. Further study and evaluation of White fringetree’s suitability as a host will be undertaken. White fringetree is native to the United States and grows wild from New Jersey south to Florida and west to Oklahoma and Texas. It is a popular ornamental tree that has been planted in other parts of the country.
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