A certified arborist, degreed forester and college instructor with over 30 years’ experience is scheduled to make a public presentation about the emerald ash borer on Saturday, June 24, in Algoma.

The free 9 a.m. program in the Council Chambers at Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St., is funded in part by an urban forestry grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Program and hosted by the City of Algoma Tree Management Committee.

The speaker will be Dan Traas of Ranger Services Inc. in Appleton, an urban forestry and landscape management consulting firm.

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive, wood boring beetle that kills ash trees by eating the tissues under the bark. This metallic green beetle, native to East Asia, was probably brought to the United States accidentally in the wood of shipping crates from China.

EAB was first discovered in North America in 2002. Since then the beetle has spread to Canada and more than a dozen states, including Wisconsin. Millions of ash trees have already been killed. EAB finds have been confirmed in Door and Brown counties, and other Northeast Wisconsin counties, including Kewaunee County, are on the quarantined list.

The program is being promoted as a free and convenient way to learn about EAB identification, management and laws from an expert and get the advice you need. For more information, call 920-487-8136.