New Invasive Insect Spotted in Tionesta

hwa-eggsTIONESTA, Pa. (EYT) – The hemlock woolly adelgid was recently discovered in the West Fork area of the Tionesta Research Natural Area in the Allegheny Forest.

It is a non-native, invasive insect, that attacks and kills Eastern hemlock trees and has advanced westward across Pennsylvania.

The bug was found in late November by DCNR personal and on Monday confirmed by the state Department of Agriculture.

Earlier in the year the DCNR released a statement confirming, “The hemlock woolly adelgid has been detected in both Cook Forest State Park, Clarion County, and Clear Creek State Park in neighboring Jefferson County.”

DCNR is partnering with the USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and other interested organizations to develop an Eastern hemlock management plan for northwestern Pennsylvania. In addition, its Bureau of Forestry is drafting a hemlock conservation plan for Pennsylvania.

Photo courtesy Department of Agriculture.

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