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Emerald Ash Borer:
Monitoring and Management

Emerald Ash Borer content consists of five modules and an Information Resources reference module.  All of the content-based modules include a post-test.  Successful completion of all five modules is required in order to receive a certificate of completion.  Modules and learning objectives are listed below.

Introduction to the Emerald Ash Borer

  • Learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and where it came from
  • Find out how it came to North America and how it spread
  • Learn about the negative impacts EAB has on affected areas

Emerald Ash Borer Ecology

  • Describe the taxonomy
  • Identify the physical characteristics
  • Explain the life cycle
  • Name the plant hosts
  • Summarize known natural enemies

Identification and Hosts

  • Identify EAB larvae and adults
  • Identify native host ash species
  • Recognize EAB infestation signs

Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring

  • Explain the importance of early detection of EAB infestation to minimize the spread and its impact on forest resources
  • Describe the tools and techniques used to monitor ash trees for EAB infestation
  • Perform a visual inspection of vulnerable ash trees and document your observations
  • Explain how and where to report a suspected EAB infestation

Emerald Ash Borer Management

  • Summarize the modes of EAB dispersal and identify practices that help slow infestation and moderate its impact on a community
  • Identify the options available for managing an EAB outbreak and discuss their applications and limitations
  • Explain how communities and their urban forests can recover from an EAB outbreak and minimize threats from future invasive pests

Heading-Module Credits

  • Project Leader: Dave Close
  • Module Authors: Eric Wiseman, Sarah Dickinson, Dave Close, and Heather Boyd, Virginia Tech
  • Module Design:  Sarah Dickinson
  • NPDN E-Learning Technical Assistance: Stephanie Stocks, Amanda Hodges, Howard Beck, and Penny McCurry, University of Florida
  • Clientele Advisory Board: Joan Allen, Jay Banks, Nancy Bireley, Bob Breazeale, Debbie Dillon, Sharon Kearns, and Donna Willamson

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Publication Date: June 2010