Kentucky’s ash trees are under attack! This attack comes in the form of an insect that has already killed millions of ash trees in neighboring states costing local governments, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries tens of millions of dollars. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect pest from Asia, was first discovered in Kentucky in May 2009 and has since been found in 20 counties. This pest presents a serious threat to all ash trees in Kentucky – many of which have been planted in urban areas.
The Kentucky Emerald Ash Borer Urban Preparedness Conference held in December 2010 was developed to help prepare the state for this attack. The leading experts in the field of EAB management, research, and outreach discussed decision making tools, resources, and programs available to those dealing with the impacts of the EAB.
The conference was divided into two tracts (planners and practitioners). The target audience included: urban planners, arborists, parks and recreation personnel, landscape architects, extension agents, community leaders, community tree board members, and other decision makers and support positions involved in urban EAB management.