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Community Ash Tree Tagging Event Planned

FULTON, NY – The Friends of the Great Bear, a partner in the St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, will host a community environmental project on June 23 from 10 a.m. – noon.

Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

The Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

The Emerald Ash Borer is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 15 states in the Midwest and Northeast.

Native to Asia, it likely arrived in the United States hidden in wood packing materials.

It is especially dangerous because there is no known treatment for EAB infestations – trees must be felled and the wood disposed of.

The Ash Borer is already in western New York, Albany and south.

A tree where the beetle has been

A tree where the beetle has been

Join the effort to identify and tag Ash Trees in the Great Bear Recreation Area, to help increase awareness of the Ash Trees and the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.

This project will help increase awareness of Ash Tree species present at Great Bear.

Once tagged, the trees will remain marked for several weeks, educating users of Great Bear to the presence of Ash Trees and threats to their survival posed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

Joe Chairvolotti, forester from the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, will be leading a hike and aiding participants in the identification of Ash Trees.

Some of the damage the beetle can cause

Some of the damage the beetle can cause

The Nature Conservancy will present information on the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle, which lives and feeds exclusively on Ash Trees.

In Addition, information including pamphlets on helping identify and prevent the spread of other invasive plants and insects will be available. Special handouts for children.

All are welcome, whether participating with the tagging or stopping by to obtain information on invasive plants and insects effecting our environment.

To help with planning a group for the tagging, it would be appreciated to contact Dick Drosse, Friends of Great Bear, if thinking of attending.

Contact at (315) 343-4565 or email info@friendsofgreatbear.org

The Great Bear Recreation Area is located at County Route 57 and Hawthorne Road in the town of Volney, approximately 3.5 south of Fulton.

Please be advised that this is a rustic hiking area and no restroom facilities are available on site.

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