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Harrisonburg Stormwater Presents: Urban Trees in the Age of Emerald Ash Borer


Doors: 5:30pm
Showtime: 6:00pm


  • This is a FREE event!

Join us for a free event and film highlighting the value of urban trees and a threat posed by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive species which is targeting all Ash trees in our community.

The event will connect attendees to resources in 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 be available to gather creative ideas from the community.

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

Emerald Ash Borer Lesson: 6:05pm-7:20pm
Meredith Bean, Emerald Ash Borer Coordinator, Department of Forestry

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

Panel Discussion: 7:20pm-7:35pm
Ask experts about EAB or urban wood during a panel discussion.
Meredith Bean, Department of Forestry
Joe Lehnen, Department of Forestry
Jeremy Harold, Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation
Danny Rohrer, Sustainable Solutions

Open House: 7:20pm-8:00pm
Information booths will highlight re-purposed urban wood projects, EAB experts will be available to answer questions, and City staff will be available to gather creative ideas from the community.



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