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OCCA to host workshop on Monitoring and Managing Ash, July 24

(COOPERSTOWN) – Otsego County Conservation Association, Mohican Farm and Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties are hosting a training workshop for the Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) program on Tuesday, July 24, from 1-4pm at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown.

MaMA, developed and directed by the Ecological Research Institute (ERI), provides a framework of actions that can be taken to conserve ash and mitigate damage from the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect that is spreading across New York.

“Emerald ash borer is a significant threat to our region,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “As it spreads it will fundamentally alter the composition of our forests, parks and city streets.”

Attendees will learn how to recognize ash and detect emerald ash borer, how to report emerald ash borer via the MaMA Ash/EAB Surveys Anecdata project, how to establish ash mortality monitoring plots that form part of the MaMA Monitoring Plot Network, how to report “lingering ash,” and more. The workshop will include classroom and field activities, and will be presented by ERI Director, Jonathan Rosenthal and ERI Senior Scientist, Dr. Radka Wildova.

The workshops are open to the public with an emphasis on land and forest owners, Master Gardeners, high school and college students, and other seeking to play an active role in invasive species management. The program is free, but pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087 or sign up at https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/. This program is provided for free through funding by the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP)

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org