Volunteers needed for insect ID work

 Pine Hill — The emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that is decimating the country’s ash tree population, is spreading through Ulster County and threatens to devastate New York State forests and street trees.

The Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) will conduct ash tree street inventories in the communities of Pine Hill and Phoenicia on Saturday, July 30, and volunteers are needed to help out. Volunteers are encouraged to attend a training workshop prior to the inventory on Thursday, July 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Pine Hill Community Center to learn how to identify ash trees, EAB signs and symptoms, and inventory techniques including the use of GPS units.
On Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. volunteers for the Pine Hill inventory should meet in front of the Pine Hill Community Center and volunteers for the Phoenicia inventory should meet on the corner of Main Street and Route 214 (by the kiosk). Volunteers will locate and record data on ash trees along public streets which will provide the communities with relevant information for making critical decisions regarding their ash trees before and after EAB arrives. At the conclusion of the inventory – around 12:30 p.m. – All volunteers are invited to a free pizza lunch in Phoenicia and will receive a free T-shirt.

EAB populations will inevitably spread to infest ash tree stands in communities throughout the entire region and cause economic and environmental harm.

To learn more about the project or to get involved, e-mail Elizabeth D’Auria at edauria@catskillcenter.org, call The Catskill Center at 586-2611, or visit www.catskillinvasives.com