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For Release: Monday, March 13, 2017

DEC to Educate the Public on Emerald Ash Borer and Survey Ash Trees in Village of Clinton, Oneida County

Survey is proactive effort to protect village of Clinton's Ash Trees

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an educational meeting and two-day survey of Ash trees in the village of Clinton, Oneida County from April 6 - 8, as part of statewide efforts to investigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestations. EAB is an invasive species of wood-boring beetle that destroys Ash Trees within two to four years of infestation. EAB has been found in several New York counties and was discovered in the Oneida County community of Rome in 2016. DEC has not confirmed the presence of EAB in the village, but in an effort to protect the state's Ash trees is proactively educating the public on EAB during the meeting and two-day survey. The training and education session for volunteers will take place at the locations below.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
3:00 PM
Performing Arts Theater
Clinton High School
75 Chenango Avenue South
Clinton, NY 13323
Information.R6@dec.ny.gov

Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:00 PM
3024 Taylor Science Center
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Campus Map can be found at:
https://www.hamilton.edu
Information.R6@dec.ny.gov

The survey of Ash trees will be held Friday and Saturday, April 7th and 8th, 2017 beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM. Community collaborators and volunteers should meet at 100 North Park ROW Clinton, NY 13323. "Emerald Ash Borers, or EAB, are an invasive pest and a threat to New York's Ash Trees. The EAB survey is a proactive step to protect the village of Clinton's Ash Trees by raising awareness and getting the public involved. Volunteers will survey the streets of the village of Clinton looking for signs of the Emerald Ash Borer, collecting the GPS points of each tree, and tagging surveyed trees. The information collected will be shared with the village," said Judy Drabicki, Regional Director. Private property will not be surveyed. DEC will ensure that all tags are removed by the end of April. For more information please contact: Dan Welc, Private Lands and Urban Forester Herkimer and Oneida County, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (315) 866-6330 or information.R6@dec.ny.gov. This project is made possible by DEC and the following organizations, agencies, and the village of Clinton: Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Conservation Class; Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County; Oneida County Soil & Water Conservation District; Hamilton College's Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity (HAVOC); Hamilton Environmental Action Group (HEAG); Hamilton College Staff; Boy Scouts Leather Stocking Council; Girl Scouts Troop 20456; SUNY Morrisville State College; Central New York Conservancy; and SLELO Prism. To learn more about EAB, visit DEC's website.

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