Urban Trees in the Age of Emerald Ash Borer

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Emerald Ash Borer Event

Do you have Ash Trees in your yard? Are there significant trees located in your yard, neighborhood, or city?

On April 5, 2018, the City of Harrisonburg and the Department of Forestry are sponsoring an event at Court Square Theater (41 Court Square) highlighting the value of urban trees.

The event will connect homeowners, local artisans, interior designers, and sawmills to the urban wood utilization movement. This movement has increased in interest due to the recent threat of Emerald Ash Borer in the City of Harrisonburg.

A brief educational talk on the Emerald Ash Borer will kick off the evening, followed by a film called “Felled: A Documentary Film About Giving New Life to Fallen Urban Trees”.  A panel discussion will be available after the discussion to solicit group questions and booths will be set up highlighting projects the City has undergone to re-purpose some of this wood (and other removed trees) as well as projects local homeowners and businesses have undergone to utilize removed trees on their properties. We hope the event will spur ideas from the public about how to continue and progress the urban wood utilization movement – come with ideas, questions, and conversation. An idea board will also be available to gather creative ideas from the community.


Event Timeline

Introduction: 6:00pm - Joe Lehnen, Utilization and Marketing Specialist, Department of Forestry

Emerald Ash Borer Talk: 6:05pm - Meredith Bean, Emerald Ash Borer Coordinator, Department of Forestry

Documentary Film: 6:20-7:20pm - Felled: A documentary Film About Giving New Life to Fallen Urban Trees

Panel Discussion: 7:20-7:35pm - Meredith Bean, Department of Forestry; Joe Lehnen, Department of Forestry; Jeremy Harold, Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation; Danny Rohrer, Sustainable Solutions

Booth/Board Open House: During and after Panel Discussion until 8:00pm

Urban Wood Utilization Idea Station

Highlight of City and Private Projects

Emerald Ash Borer Information