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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Confirmed in ANF

Several hemlock trees in the Allegheny National Forest in Warren County have been infected by the Hemlock woolly adelgid.

Tests by both the US and Pennsylvania departments of agriculture have confirmed that the insect has infested trees within a proposed wilderness area.

The Hemlock woolly adelgid is a small insect native to East Asia that feeds by sucking sap from hemlock trees. In eastern North America, it is a destructive pest that poses a major threat to the Eastern hemlock.

Friends of Allegheny Wilderness will be organizing a volunteer outing in the near future to hike further into the area in an attempt to ascertain the extent of the infestation there.

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