Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 Pennsylvania Forest Health Report

Each year the Pennsylvania DCNR, Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Pest Management compiles a complete report of the forest health threats and issues the state is facing.  It is excellent information, complete with location maps and photographs.  Below is the program summary.

"The Division of Forest Pest Management protects forest resources in Pennsylvania from harmful insects and diseases through active monitoring, management, cooperation, and public outreach efforts. During 2010, we continued to monitor important forest insects and diseases in the state through ground and aerial surveys. These surveys included emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, Asian longhorned beetle, exotic barks beetles, sudden oak death, and butternut canker disease."

"Preventative measures to protect against emerald ash borer, and biological suppression of hemlock woolly adelgid were conducted throughout the year. The Division participated in several cooperative pest management activities through training and assistance within the Bureau, the Department, and other agencies and institutions at the local, state, and federal levels. In addition, we have continue to promote public outreach on forest health issues across the state through demonstration, training seminars, trade shows, and diagnostic services. This report is intended to outline some of the major achievements of the Division throughout the year."

For the complete report click here.

1 comment:

Chuck said...

Mike, adelgid hit about half my hemlocks this year. I noticed it just this past month as I realized I could see my neighbor's house where a green screen used to be.

I'm not rich or sentimental, so I don't want to wage an annual pesticide war against these things. Should I just chop em out and start over with something else? Or is there a chance the trees will live through the attack on their own?