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CT DEEP announces program on emerald ash borer at Kellogg

By Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

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The Naugatuck Valley Audubon and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will host a presentation entitled The Emerald Ash Borer, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, Connecticut.

Dr. Claire Rutledge of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) will give a program focusing on beetle mating biology, their chemical communication and the detection of jewel beetles using bio-surveillance. Dr. Rutledge has a MS and PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She joined The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station as a scientist in 2004. Her major focus is wood-boring beetles that attack living trees.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic wood-boring beetle that kills ash trees. This beetle was first detected in Detroit, MI in 2002 and has since spread to sixteen states. Emerald Ash Borer was detected in Connecticut on July 16, 2012. Loss of Connecticut’s ash trees would have a significant effect on Connecticut’s forests.

To prevent the beetle’s spread DEEP and CAES implemented a number of actions including a suspension of all timber contracts and firewood permits for state forest lands in New Haven County. Dr. Rutledge’s presentation will be on the history and biology of the beetle, the threat it poses to our forests and landscapes, how DEEP tracks its spread, and what can be done to help minimize its impact on Connecticut’s ash trees.

Suggested donation is $4.00/adult and $2/student. For further information, directions or to register, contact the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or contact Dennis Kocyla at (203) 734-9325 or

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