Contact: Joy Landry, (513) 521-7275, ext. 242 Date: October 18, 2010
NEWS RELEASE: For immediate release
Subject: EMERALD ASH BORER OPEN HOUSE
The Hamilton County Park District is hosting an Open House regarding the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and how this invasive insect is affecting Hamilton County forests. The Open House will take place on Thursday, November 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sharon Centre in Sharon Woods.
Representatives from a variety of public agencies will be in attendance to inform citizens about the spread of the insect through the county, to provide information about the management methods available to property owners, and to explain action plans that are being implemented by public agencies to address this problem.
The Emerald Ash Borer is an aggressive, non-native beetle, believed to have been brought into Michigan via shipping crates from China. The insect is spreading south and has been detected in Hamilton County as early as 2007. The EAB larvae burrow into native ash trees, tunneling through the host tree’s living tissue, disrupting the flow of water and nutrients throughout the tree. Most ash trees will die two to five years after being infested by EAB.
The Emerald Ash Borer Open House is free and open to the public, although a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks ($10.00 annual, $2.00 daily.) The Sharon Centre is located at 11450 Lebanon Road (Rt. 42) in Sharonville.
For more information about the Open House and Emerald Ash Borer, interested individuals may visit GreatParks.org/EAB.