MONROE TWP., N.J. — An invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer, has recently been discovered in several Middlesex County municipalities, and poses a potential threat to the County’s ash trees.
In light of this environmental concern, the County Office of Extension Services and the Monroe Township’s Shade Tree Commission are holding a presentation by Paul Kurtz, entomologist with New Jersey’s Department of Agriculture and member of the EAB Task Force.
The lecture will take place 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.
Ash trees naturally occur in many forests and are commonly planted as landscape trees for streets, yards, and parks. Rutgers University researchers have determined that all ash trees are susceptible to EAB, which can become a hazard within five years of discovery. EAB larvae harm trees by feeding on their inner bark, preventing the flow of water and nutrients. Infested trees eventually become brittle and can even die. Treatment for this devastating insect is possible, but only if detected early.
Kurtz will explain the cycle of the EAB and answer questions about susceptible trees in the landscape.
The presentation will help participants identify ash trees on their property, determine whether they are affected by EABs, and assess what course of action is available. The effects of the invasive species on municipal and residential budgets will also be discussed.
To attend the seminar, send an optional RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who want to learn more about Invasive and Native Species, both insects and plants, a series of upcoming seminars is scheduled. For information, visit the County website at www.middlesexcountynj.us and search “extension” or call 732-398-5260.
— Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County