Madrid-Waddington and SUNY ESF Wanakena to tag ash trees in Canton; CCE to train public works staff in tree management April 30
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 8:32 am

CANTON -- Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting 75 Madrid-Waddington and SUNY ESF Wanakena students who will team up with local volunteers to identify and tag ash trees throughout the village as part of an emerald ask borer risk-assessment.

They will be marked with purple ribbons.

Emerald ash borer is an invasive species that has not yet been found in St. Lawrence County, but if it gets here could decimate the ash tree population.

A statement from CCE says the bugs have been found in Cornwall and Mallorytown, Ont., just across the St. Lawrence River.

CCE will also hold a day-long training session at its learning farm to train public works staff and institutional groundskeepers in tree management.

To sign up for the April 30 event, email ph59@cornell.edu or call 379-9192.