Lingering Ash Citizen Science Training Workshop
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has decimated our native green ash forests from the Midwest into the Eastern region of the United States. While many of our forests have been destroyed by this invasive pest, there is still hope! Researchers at the Northern Research Station of the US Forest Service in Ohio have identified native green ashes (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) with a form of resistance to EAB in the states of Michigan and Ohio. These ashes have been dubbed the Lingering Ashes.

In an effort to expand the provenance source of green ashes, The Morton Arboretum is partnering with the Ecological Research Institute of New Paltz, New York to hunt for the Lingering Ashes of Illinois. Ultimately, identifying these trees will result in stock material to be used as a seed source for reforestation and breeding efforts. Join us for a workshop led by Jonathan Rosenthal and Dr. Radka Wildova that will focus on training foresters, extension agents, and other outreach personnel on how to use the citizen science material developed by the Monitoring and Managing Ash project of New Paltz, NY. This will include training for the online data collection platform, a field plot mapping app, scouting for presence of EAB, identifying mortality of green ashes, and field identification of lingering ashes. The goal of this workshop is to expand the reach of this ambitious citizen science project, and once completed we hope you will join us in the effort to train IL citizens across the state in the hunt for Lingering Ashes.

Date of Workshop: June 18
Time: 9a - 2p
9a Registration and Refreshments
9:30a Workshop begins
12p Lunch break
12:45-2p Field trip
Location: The Morton Arboretum
Lunch: bring your own or purchase a catered box lunch
Cost of workshop: FREE
Participant cap: 30

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