Emerald Ash Borer


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis) is a forest pest that feeds solely on ash trees. This pest is causing severe damage throughout much of New York State, compromising our forest ecosystems. Communities are left to foot the bill of removing hundreds of dying trees. This metallic green beetle is continuing to spread. 


You Can Help in the Fight Against EAB!

In 2018, CRISP is offering Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) Workshops. MaMA is an innovative approach that provides hope for conserving ash and mitigating damage from EAB, which threatens killing virtually all the ash trees in the area. Training includes instruction in MaMA’s citizen-science and land-manager projects to find EAB-resistant trees. 

The Ecological Research Institute (ERI) is implementing its MaMA framework for ash conservation and EAB management throughout the Catskills. Single-session MaMA training workshops are offered for you to learn to set up ash mortality monitoring plots that will form part of the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network extending throughout the Catskills and beyond; and contribute to information to guide region-wide implementation of MaMA in order to help conserve ash and manage EAB. These materials include the Catskills MaMA Action Map.

All workshops are presented by MaMA’s originators, Jonathan Rosenthal (Director of ERI) and Dr. Radka Wildova (ERI Senior Scientist) and all include hands-on demonstrations of the techniques used to establish mortality plots, conduct Ash/EAB surveys, and report lingering ash. Attendance at an ERI MaMA workshop is required for participation in the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network and MaMA Lingering Ash Search citizen science/land manager projects. For more information on MaMA visit MonitoringAsh.org or email outreach@monitoringash.org