The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) - first detected last July near Bethel - has now spread to Stonelick Township in Clermont County due to firewood movement out of the quarantined area. Thanks to an educated property owner, the ALB was found and reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension-Hamilton County office is holding an Asian Longhorned Beetle Certification Training Program for Green Industry Professionals on Thursday, August 16, 2012. The training program will be at the Maple Ridge Lodge at Mount Airy Forest in Cincinnati from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The training is geared toward all green industry professionals in the area, such as landscapers, groundskeepers, nursery workers, or park employees.
“It’s important for green industry professionals to be able to accurately detect the Asian Longhorned Beetle, because the sooner a new infestation is found, the sooner the infestation can be eradicated to stop them from spreading further,” said OSU Extension-Clermont Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Gigi Neal.
The program will give participants an overview of the status of the ALB in North America, provide information on the biology and management of the beetle, cover the impacts associated with the ALB, and will cover how to detect the ALB. Participants will receive CEU’s for ISA Certified Arborist, TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professional, and ONLA Ohio Certified Nursery Technician.
The cost of the program is $15; registration is required as space is limited. For more information or to register, visit the website http://hamilton.osu.edu/topics/horticulture/asian-longhorned-beetle-alb-certification-training-program-for-green-industry-professionals.