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Sign-ups open for emerald ash borer talk

OREGON – The state Department of Agriculture last week confirmed that Oregon is the latest city to fall victim to the emerald ash borer, a destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America.

Registration is due May 14 for a free workshop on management of the emerald ash borer, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the Ogle County Extension office, 421 W. Pines Road.

The University of Illinois Extension staff and the city of Oregon will present the program, which is open to the public. The borer is a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia, with larvae that burrow into the bark of ash trees. The trees then starve and eventually die. Since the insect first was found in 2002 near Detroit, more than 25 million ash trees have died.

Topics will include the insect’s biology, how to identify ash trees, management options for homeowners, tree replacement suggestions, and quarantine restrictions. Mike Bowers, Oregon’s street superintendent, will talk about the city’s plans for management.

To register, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or call Extension at 815-732-2191. Visit agr.state.il.us/eab for more information about the borer.

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