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‘What’s Happening to My Trees’ presentation slated

ELKINS — The Elkins Tree Board and the Elkins Friends of Trees are sponsoring a presentation on urban tree diseases and insect infestation on Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Darden House.

The program, “What’s Happening to My Trees,” will be presented by Elkins Tree Board member Linda Burke, head US Forest Service silviculturist for the Monongahela National Forest, based in Elkins.

Burke is currently in charge of program management, forest health coordination, budget, pesticide use coordination, project analysis, database management, and timber management at the Mon Forest. Previously she had served as reforestation forester and district silviculturist for the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota and as silviculturist for the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.

The presentation is part of the Elkins Tree Board’s (ETB) initiative to increase public awareness of the importance of urban trees and how to assist in their viability. “We want to encourage everyone to do their part in planting and maintaining trees,” said ETB member Nanci Bross-Fregonara. “However, it can sometimes be challenging and discouraging when trees become diseased or infested. This talk will help answer questions about those issues.”

The ETB is also planning pruning workshops, additional educational outreach and will be involved with the upcoming Elkins Day of Service and Ramps and Rails Festival. The board meets the first Wednesday of the month and has a Facebook page: Elkins Friends of Trees.

The Darden House is located on Davis Avenue next to City Hall.