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Invasive bug found off the shores of Lake George

Aug 14, 2020 5:30 am
Gwendolyn Craig is reporting for the Adirondack Explorer the invasive woolly adelgid insect has been found off the shores of Lake George. The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced August 11, that a camper in Washington County found the invasive insect in the Glen Island Campground off the shores of Lake George. It is the second ever recorded infestation within the park. The closest known infestation is 30 miles away in southern Saratoga County, according to the DEC. The news follows an announcement last week that the emerald ash borer was found in Warren County near the Schroon River. “It’s 2020 — why not?” said Jamie Brown, executive director of the Lake George Land Conservancy, referring to the string of bad news the world has dealt with this year. The hemlock woolly adelgid was found at Prospect Mountain in 2017 and the surrounded trees were subsequently treated. The Lake George Land Conservancy now plans to look more around Dresden and Putnam this winter. Winter is the best time to look for the woolly adelgid’s white clumpy masses underneath the tree’s needles. The DEC estimates 10 percent of the Adirondack Park’s forest is hemlock trees and many of them are in the Lake George wilderness area. Read the full story in the Times Union.
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