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Congratulations to Professor Janna Beckerman!

The Arbor Rangers™ wish to congratulate our friend, Janna Beckerman, on her promotion to Full Professor at Purdue University!

Professor Janna Beckerman

Janna Beckerman receives promotion to Full Professor

Dr. Beckerman of the Botany and Plant Pathology department leads the extension education effort to collaborate with members of the fruit and ornamentals industries to better manage plant diseases in horticultural crops. She is a poplar guest speaker at numerous conferences and her work may be found through referencing plant pathology publications.

Find out more about Dr. Beckerman on her profile page on the Purdue University Agriculture website.


Indiana Community Tree Steward Training, Richmond, IN

Indiana Community Tree Steward Two-Day Training at Hayes Arboretum
May 28 & 29, 2015

The Community & Urban Forestry’s Tree Steward Program is designed for homeowners, tree board members, municipal employees, Community members, volunteers, students, Master Gardeners, and anyone that has an interest in learning more about trees and giving back to their community forest.

Trainers Include: City Foresters, Certified Arborists, Foresters, Purdue Extension Agents, District Conservationists, and other natural resource professionals.

Participants Gain: Knowledge on a variety of community forestry and tree care related topics. Ideas on how to share their knowledge in their communities. An introduction to local and state tree care professionals.

Topics Include:

  • The Scoop on Soils
  • How Does a Tree Grow?
  • Tree Identification
  • The Right Tree for the Right Place
  • Proper Tree Planting
  • Caring for Your Trees
  • Threats to Trees: Pests & Disease Diagnosis
  • Pruning Do’s & Don’ts
  • Identifying Tree Defects
  • Benefits of the Urban Forest
  • Why Urban Woodlots are Important
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Download the Curriculum Description

Location: Hayes Arboretum  801 Elks Country Club Road, Richmond, IN 47374

Hayes Arboretum

Hayes Arboretum west entrance sign

Hayes Arboretum Nature Center

Hayes Arboretum Nature Center

Registration Fee: The registration fee is $30.00 and includes: training materials, lunch and… Continue reading

Stop the Emerald Ash Borer!

Help stop the spread of Emerald Ash Borer! HOW? Well, one way is not to transport any firewood from quarantined locations to other locations (quarantined or not). If you have a fireplace or fire pit, only use local wood. If you plan on having a bonfire, or barbequing at a picnic site away from home or camping, etc. make sure you don’t take firewood with you, but instead buy it from someplace in or near where you plan to burn it. Use up all the firewood too and don’t transport it back home or to another location.

Emerald Ash Borer larva

Emerald Ash Borer larva

 How bad is the situation?

According to the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, ash trees affected by EAB requiring treatment, removal, or replacement number more than 17 million at an estimated cost of $10.7 billion and their spread continues to threaten Midwest states! Check out the latest infestation data on INDIANA EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) QUARANTINE MAP posted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

We are calling on YOU to help join us in slowing down this devastating pest! THANK YOU!

Pupa of an Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer pupa by J. Harris

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