Local residents are invited to a free, two part workshop on trees this coming Monday, October 3rd. A Forest Health Walk and Emerald Ash Borer Informational meeting is taking place at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic from 3 to 7 PM on the 3rd.
From 3:00-4:30 PM, the program will begin with a Forest Health Walk. Meet at the Cass County Community Center for this car tour/walk that will travel through Sunnyside Park and be led by Lindsey Barney, DNR Forester and Seth Staashelm, Atlantic Parks and Rec Director. Discussion will focus on common tree and forest health issues, pointing out examples on the walk.
The tour will return to the Cass County Community Center by 4:30 PM, where participants will have an hour break, to find dinner or eat on the grounds before the program resumes at 5:30 PM.
The second part of the program, from 5:30-7:00 PM, will be an Emerald Ash Borer Informational Meeting for Cass County and nearby residents at the Cass County Community Center. Topics covered will include Emerald Ash Borer History and Life Cycle, EAB identification, EAB Management Options, and ash tree alternatives for Cass County. Presenters will be Mike Kintner, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Lindsey Barney, Iowa DNR District Forester.
There is NO COST to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is requested; call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 to pre-register or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/cass for more information. Participants are welcome to attend both sessions, or only one, based on their interest level.
The workshop is presented in partnership by ISU Extension in Cass County, Atlantic Parks and Recreation, Iowa DNR and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.