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Emerald Ash Borer Homeowner and Commercial Workshops

BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension, the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Arborist Association have teamed up to provide homeowners and commercial applicators with Emerald Ash Borer information. The workshops will be led by City of Sioux Falls' employees Duane Stall, Forestry Supervisor, Bryan Peterson, Urban Forestry Specialist, Bret Winterfeld, GIS Specialist and John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist & South Dakota Department of Agriculture Forest Health Specialist.

“The window to begin treatments to protect high-value ash trees from emerald ash borer is coming up soon.”

— John Ball, Professor, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist & South Dakota Department of Agriculture Forest Health Specialist

The homeowner workshops will be held April 18, 2019 at the SDSU Extension Sioux Falls Regional Center in Sioux Falls (2001 East 8th Avenue) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and May 4, 2019 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. These sessions will cover how to identify infested trees, what treatment options are available to protect trees and the best replacement trees.
Reporting Emerald Ash Borer Treatments is Required: Commercial applicator Protocol Training Provided
The commercial applicator workshops will be held in Sioux Falls April 23 and May 7 at Laurel Oak Park, by the Picnic Shelter (3401 East 49th Street). Both workshops will begin at 9:30 a.m. with information and demonstrations focused on how to treat trees and which ash are the best candidates for treatment. Demonstrations will be provided by Arbor-Jet, Arbor-System, Rainbow and Warne Chemical (Chem-jet).  
At 1 p.m. April 23, the workshop location will transition to the Downtown Library Room A, (200 N Dakota Ave). At 1 p.m. May 7, program will transition to the City Center Room 110, (231 N Dakota Ave).
The afternoon portion of the workshop will focus on the protocol for licensed arborists to follow when treating trees in Sioux Falls. This portion of the session will provide a new and improved mobile app for arborists to record trees that are being treated in Sioux Falls. The workshops will end at 3 p.m.  
Arborists licensed to work in Sioux Falls are encouraged to attend the City of Sioux Falls protocol session as reporting Emerald Ash Borer treatments is required by the City of Sioux Falls Director of Parks and Recreation. 
There will be a tutorial for those that want to use this mobile app. Other reporting options will be discussed. To help manage the advancement of Emerald Ash Borer, the City of Sioux Falls is providing tags to the arborists to be used when treating trees. General information will be shared on how and where to tag trees. At the end of the session, tags will be available to pick up for this year’s use. 
“We have an opportunity to make this year’s field season smoother than last year and we need your cooperation in keeping this insect at a manageable level,” Ball said.