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Emerald Ash Borer Task Force looking to expand into other counties
Onondaga County’s Emerald Ash Borer Task Force is trying to take a more regional approach as it tries to corral the spread of the invasive insect.
The task force has been on the trail of the Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB, for three years now, so when it showed up in parts of Syracuse and DeWitt last summer, local governments started an aggressive campaign to take down or treat infested ash trees.
Since then, Jesse Lyons, a task force member from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, says areas they know are infected has quadrupled and is often getting very close to county lines.
While Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse are undertaking aggressive policies to either take trees down or treat them with pesticides, Lyons says neighboring counties also need to join the fight, because the bug spreads so quickly.
“Everything that we’re doing locally has an impact on our neighbor, and visa versa, Lyons explained. “When it comes to management of a resource on such a large scale, it’s really important to have collaboration and networking.”
So the task force is looking to expand into Cayuga, Oswego, Oneida, Madison and Cortland counties, most of which are only in the early stages of discussing the issue.
“Because we had the task force in place, we deployed extra traps, we were able to find the infestation faster,” Lyons said. “Our neighboring counties don’t have that luxury because they don’t have that effort to have the task force that can put the traps out and inspect them. The sooner you know the information, the better it is for early detection and management and it’s going to be cheaper for your community to manage.”
Lyons says an expanded task force can also share resources and make sure that waste wood isn’t transported to neighboring counties, which can spread the insect.
She also says she hopes creating a more regional organization can better track the insect, which will infest and kill all untreated ash trees in its path.
“We’ve made a lot of progress with Onondaga County’s task force, and we want to share those resources and the lessons we’ve learned,” she said. “But there’s also the possibility of collaborating with other counties with things we aren’t addressing, that the other counties might be better suited to address. So we hope we can join forces, get other counties started on their own group and be able to regionalize our efforts to be more impactful.”
Emerald Ash Borer can kill a tree within a year of symptoms showing up, and has decimated trees in the Midwest. It’s estimated that 11 percent of the trees in Onondaga County are ash trees, all will die from the insect unless they are treated.
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Classes run every Wednesday evening from October 8 – November 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McChesney Recreation Center. Pre-registration is required.
To register, contact Cheryl Neal at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, (315) 424-9485 ext. 237.
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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County will present a workshop for rural landowners and their families to help them plan for the future of their land.
The average age of New York’s forest landowners is 60, indicating an unprecedented transfer of forest ownership will take place in the next decade. At least 80 percent of these owners intend to leave their forestland as a legacy to their heirs or other beneficiaries. Only 40 percent have actually discussed a legacy plan; fewer still have a plan in place. Unfortunately, forests are most at risk for conversion and loss when land transfer takes place. Without a plan, land could be lost to development, subdivision, conversion to nonforest uses, forced sale of timber, or land sale to pay large estate taxes. When forestland is lost, so too are public benefits—fresh water, clean air, wildlife—and private benefits—solitude, recreational opportunities, aesthetic beauty, and spiritual renewal.
This workshop is designed to get families talking and planning about the future – sometimes a difficult conversation. While the focus of this workshop will be on woodlands, the tools presented on are also applicable to farmland succession planning. All landowners are encouraged to attend.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County in collaboration with Cornell University Department of Natural Resources and Finger Lakes Land Trust will host this workshop on November 14, 2014 with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the program from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.
This interactive presentation will be facilitated by Dr. Shorna Broussard Allred, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, who will provide effective tools that families can use to decide the future of their land. This workshop will share good ideas on how to get the discussion started and provide a host of excellent resources to help make the process of ownership transfer focused and smooth.
Elizabeth Newbold from the Finger Lakes Land Trust will discuss what a land trust does and land conservation options available to landowners. The Finger Lakes Land Trust is a member supported non-profit conservation organization that works cooperatively with landowners and local communities to permanently protect those lands that are vital to the character of the Finger Lakes Region. Additional information on FLLT may be found at www.fllt.org.
John Moss Hinchcliff is a partner in Miller Mayer’s Trusts and Estates practice group in Ithaca. He will discuss estate planning, tax implications and other financial and legal approaches to a successful long-term legacy plan. Mr. Hinchcliff and his family have personal experience with legacy planning and land conservation decisions on their own property in the Finger Lakes Region.
Cost is $25.00 per family, which includes workshop materials, lunch and snack. Pre-registration is required and available on the CCE Onondaga web site: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/LoveYourLand_231
Questions about the workshop may be directed to Kristina Ferrare, CCE Onondaga, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (315) 424-9485 ext. 231.