Purdue extension to host tree-pest workshop, other programs Nov. 18

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Woodlot management, goats, food safety also on evening’s agenda

PERRY COUNTY – Emerald ash borer is a highly destructive insect that is invading Indiana woodlands. It is causing economic and environmental damage through killing ash trees throughout the state.

So far it has not been positively identified in Perry County, but it is on its way. Homeowners, hunters and landowners need to learn how to recognize this pest so that we can act quickly to prevent its spread. Invasive plants can make our woodlands less hospitable to wildlife and make hiking and hunting difficult. Identifying and controlling these plants improves forest health and makes woodland activities more enjoyable.

Purdue extension will host an extension night including a woodlot management workshop in the Perry Central Elementary School cafeteria Nov. 18. Programming will begin at 6:45 p.m. Indiana Department of Natural Resources Compliance Officer Angela Rust will speak about emerald ash borer and other invasive insects. She will be followed by a presentation on general woodlot management by Carl Houser, district forester. Ron Rathfon, Purdue extension forestry specialist, will round out the evening with a presentation on his work using goats to control invasive woodland weeds.

Additional programming will include a 4-H volunteer e-forum, hosted by Cathy Boerste and “Make it Safe!” about food safety for nonprofit organizations by Brenda Hagedorn.

A $5 registration fee will cover the food-safety program but other programs are free. If you are a homeowner with a wooded lot, a hunter who spends time in the forest, or a landowner with acreage in trees, this workshop is for you. Make reservations by calling the extension office at 547-7084 by Nov 4.