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Informational meeting slated on invasive species

Informational meeting slated on invasive species

Insect has caused many hemlock trees to die
Informational meeting slated on invasive species
Hemlock wooly adelgid
Photographer: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Archive via Wikipedia Commons

SCHENECTADY -- A public informational meeting about the hemlock wooly adelgid, an invasive species, has been slated for 6 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Schenectady County Main Branch Library, McChesney Room.

The library is located at 99 Clinton St.

The hemlock wooly adelgid is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia that poses a great threat to Eastern hemlock trees and Eastern forest ecosystems, according to a prepared statement by the Schenectady County Invasive Species Committee. The insect has been found in Schenectady County, including in the city of Schenectady and in the town of Niskayuna, according to the prepared statement. The invasive species is responsible for the deaths of many hemlock trees from Maine to Georgia since its introduction to the U.S.

Infected trees can die in as little as four years from the time of infection.

The Invasive Species Committee has convened a panel of experts from Union College, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management, and Davey Tree to help residents identify and monitor the insect and to provide management options for infested trees. 

For more information, reach Mary Werner at mhwerner4@aol.com or at 370-3099.

Correction: A previous version of this story gave the wrong time for the public information meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. on Jan. 31.

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