Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties (CCE) is collaborating with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Program (CRISP) and the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) to host two, single-session workshops that focus on efforts to monitor and manage native ash tree stands that have the best chance to survive the accelerating invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Attendees will learn how to contribute to ash conservation in the Catskills and the Northern Foothills.
Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) Training Workshops will be held: Monday, 7/23, 1:00-4:00 p.m., CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties, The Extension Center, 173 South Grand St in Cobleskill; will repeat on Tuesday, 7/24, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., OCCA, Mohican Farms, 7207 St Hwy 80, Cooperstown, approximately 8 miles north of the Village.
The workshops are free and open to the public with an emphasis on land and forest owners, master gardeners, high school and college students, and others seeking to play active roles in invasive species management. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register for the Monday workshop, call 518-234-4303, or email firstname.lastname@example.org; for the Tuesday workshop, call 607-282-4087, or emailprogramdirector@occainfo.
org. Registration is open through Friday, July 20, 2018.
All workshops are presented by MaMA’s originators, Jonathan Rosenthal, Director of Earth Research Institute (ERI), and Dr. Radka Wildova, ERI Senior Scientist. Sessions include hands-on demonstrations of techniques used to establish mortality plots, conduct Ash/EAB surveys, and report lingering ash. Attendance at an ERI MaMA workshop is required for participation in the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network and MaMA Lingering Ash Search citizen science/land manager projects.
The workshops also include: training in how to recognize ash and detect EAB; how to report EAB via the MaMA Ash/EAB Surveys Anecdata project; introductions to MaMA’s “Potential Lingering Ash Toolkit” to protect possible EAB resistant ash from being felled; and MaMA’s other tools and integrated approach to EAB management and ash conservation. For more information on MaMA, visit MonitoringAsh.org or email outreach@monitoringash.
CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to July 20.