Hemlock Woolly Adelgid -- Be on the Lookout
The Eastern Hemlock has been called the Redwood of the East Coast. Those of us on the Gilford Islands know the beauty of these trees and the role they play in providing our camp's shade and sheltering wildlife.
The Woolly Adelgid has already devastated hemlock groves in Maine and Tennessee and is working its way into NH. While NH has not reported investation by the Woolly Adelgid on the Gilford Islands, the insect has been found in Belknap County. It is probably only matter of time before this insect is found on one of our islands.
The loss of our hemlock trees is not inevitable. There are actions that homeowners can take to protect individual trees and that local governments can take to protect forests. The challenge is to know what to look for...and to start looking.
The NH Division of Forest and Lands has produced a useful brochure that can help you idenitfy a variety of insects that pose a threat to Hemlocks and other trees commonly found on our islands.
And remember.....if you find Hemlock Woolly Adelgid call the NH Division of Forest and Lands, Forest Health Service, at 603-464-3016. If you have found something and just aren't sure what it is, you can email digital photos to email@example.com for expert identification.
For useful background on the threat the Woolly Adelgid poses to the Eastern Hemlock and what you can do, check out this brief video presented by Harvard Forest (Petersham, Massachusetts) ecologist, David Orwig.
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