Helping to Treat Ash Trees for EAB on Miami University Campus
In an effort to preserve the country’s trees and urban forests, and to increase public awareness about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Arborjet Inc.a leader in plant health, will be treating 20 ash trees, including three rare blue ash trees on the Miami University campus. One of the ash is 65” in diameter and is on the former campus of Western College for Women, now part of Miami University since the 1970s.
The Western College campus played a pivotal role during the Civil Rights era, where it was the setting for a two-week training by SNCC (The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) for volunteer “Freedom Riders” that traveled to Mississippi for voter registration. Three activists from the group left campus one week into the training sessions to investigate the burning of a church in Mississippi. They were brutally murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, and the public outrage over what happened galvanized the nation and helped pass the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The campus ash trees will be treated for EAB, a bright metallic green beetle that feeds and breeds primarily on ash trees. A native of Asia, the insect has killed millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada since its discovery, and is regarded as one of the most destructive forest pests in North America.
Arborjet will be working with University staff, Arbor Medicine LLC, and the Audubon Ash Tree Project on this special treatment event to provide training using the latest formulation, TREE-äge R10 and state of the art tree injection equipment. This is a valuable opportunity for those interested in learning more about the treatment of EAB, while receiving practical, hands-on experience!
Arborjet has worked with Miami University since 2014, and performs research on college and university campuses nationwide to help preserve trees and support the “Saving America’s Iconic Trees” campaign. This is the company’s latest initiative to ensure the health and longevity of the country’s trees. The campaign offers complimentary treatment to prevent insects, disease and poor health.
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