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August 9, 2013

Learn about Emerald Ash Borer at Tree Tagging Event Aug. 17 at Rice Creek

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), a partner in the St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO-PRISM), and The Nature Conservancy have joined forces to raise awareness of the invasive emerald ash borer beetle.

The agencies will host an ash tree tagging event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17 at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station. The project will help increase awareness of ash tree species present in the region and at Rice Creek. Once tagged, the trees will remain marked for several weeks, educating users of Rice Creek to the presence of ash trees and the threats to their survival posed by the emerald ash borer. Staff from the Oswego County SWCD will aid participants in the identification of ash trees. The Nature Conservancy, through the SLELO-PRISM, will present information on the emerald ash borer, which lives and feeds exclusively on ash trees.

To register, please contact Joe Chairvolotti, Oswego County SWCD, at (315) 592-9663 or Shelby Delgado, SLELO-PRISM, at (315) 387-3600, sdelgado@tnc.org. The SUNY Oswego Rice Creek Field Station is located on Thompson Road in the Town of Oswego. Written directions and a map can be found at www.oswego.edu/ricecreek.com


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