(AT) ZOOM- BPTMN Meeting
July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
JULY (Online Chapter Meeting via Zoom)
Mike Sills – “Forest Health: The Advance of the Emerald Ash Borer”
The emerald ash borer is a destructive non‐native wood‐boring pest of ash trees. Native to Asia, the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002. Since then, the invasive pest has spread to 35 states including North Texas. EAB is responsible for killing millions of ash trees across much of the country. Ash trees are widespread in Texas and all native ash species are susceptible to attack. Mike will review actions being taken by the Texas A&M Forest service and Texas Department of Agriculture and provide updates on community responses from area municipalities.
Mike Sills has been a Regional Urban Forester for the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Dallas Region for three years. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Forestry and has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1997. Mike can fly…he has been a Private Pilot since 1997. He enjoys flying and working on his classic vehicles. He and his wife of 19 years, Ginny, also enjoy traveling and being at home with their pets.
The Texas Master Naturalist program develops local teams of “master volunteers” to provide educational and outreach services aimed at the better management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and other local partners. We meet in the Science Resource Center at the end of the road – NOT the main museum building and parking lot which you’ll pass on the right. There may be occasional exceptions to the meeting place – check this calendar for details.
AT Approved (State requirement – 1 hour max)