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Contact: Steve Ramant ([email protected]) or 518 543 6542
The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is a small insect that infects and kills hemlocks. It has been steadily creeping northward and was recently found on Prospect Mountain in the town of Lake George. Once a tree is infected by this bug, it dies within four to ten years.
An informational meeting on this insect will be held at the Hague Community Center on September 29 at 7 pm. The meeting will provide information about how to recognize the signs of HWA infestation. The speakers will also talk about the ecological impact on our forests, which in turn can affect streams, lakes, fish and wildlife. There will also be a discussion of strategies to combat the HWA.
Speakers will be:
- Dr. Mark C. Whitmore, Entomologist at Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources
- Cathy Pedler, Director of Conservation, Adirondack Mountain Club
- Jamie Brown, Executive Director of the lake George Land Conservancy
- Warren Rosenthal, Conservation Manager, Lake George Land Conservancy
According to Dr. Whitmore, “HWA has been a huge problem in the south, but there is promise emerging for long-term control through predators. However, this will take years to fully develop. The important thing is to find emerging infestations early and implement short-term management to slow the spread and buy valuable time to build our biocontrol capacity.”
Through video presentations, hand-outs and a question and answer period, the speakers will help attendees better understand this potentially devastating outbreak that is happening in our own back yard.
Early detection is something everybody can help with – once they are aware of the HWA and know how to recognize it. There will also be an opportunity to sign up as a volunteer to help fight this infestation.