Monday, July 20, 2020

‘Trees in Trouble’ Zoom conversation

On July 23 at 7 p.m., all are invited to join a virtual Cary Science Conversation featuring forest ecologist Gary Lovett. Gain insight into the forest pest problem, hear updates on the newest threats, and discover policy actions we can take to protect trees.

Trees play a critical role in keeping people and the planet healthy. They filter air pollution, reduce flooding, cool neighborhoods, provide wildlife habitat, and store carbon that would otherwise contribute to climate change. Unfortunately, trees are in trouble.

Imported forest pests, like the emerald ash borer and spotted lanternfly, are quietly decimating forests, street trees, and parks in every state across the US. Losing trees means we’re also losing the essential services they perform.

Removing and replanting lost trees isn’t cheap. Damages caused by forest pests cost homeowners and municipalities billions of dollars annually. Costs associated with Asian longhorned beetle alone are projected to reach $12.7 billion this year.

In conversation with Cary President Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, Lovett will discuss the forest pest problem, and the path forward. Learn how we can work together to stem the tide of pest invasions. This event will include ample time for audience Q&A.

Free and open to all, registration is required to access the Zoom link.

Photo by Ed Kanze/Almanack archive

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