On March 28th of this year, New Hampshire reported the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB) in the state, making it the 19th state in the U.S. to be infected. EAB is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. Now on the doorstep of Maine, the University of Maine, in collaboration with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA), will host a half day symposium on the EAB and what can be done to slow its spread on June 21st, at 8:30AM in Wells Conference Center, Room 2, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
Coordinated by faculty at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center and Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, the symposium will include speakers from the US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the US Forest Service, the Maine Forest Service, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, as well as Wabanaki tribal resource gatherers who rely on Brown Ash trees for the art and tradition of basket weaving that has been handed down from one generation to the next. According to Theresa Secord, executive director of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, “environmental stewardship and protection of the ash reflects our grave concern as Wabanaki tradition bearers, for our ancestral weaving materials, and for the sacred place (in the ash tree) where we trace our Creation.”
Please contact Jennifer Neptune at JenniferMIBA@aol.com or Carol Hamel at 207-581-3195 for more information and to register for the symposium. Registration will close on June 14th.