With $1 Million Lab, Cornell and NYSDEC Begin Research to save New York’s Hemlock Trees

Cornell University, along with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, has begun a research initiative to find a solution to save the state’s centuries-old Hemlock tree population from a threatening insect population.

Since making landfall in Virginia from Southern Japan in the early 1900s, the hemlock wooly adelgid population has almost entirely consumed the East Coast from Maine to Georgia. Named after its white “wooly” egg sacs, the insect sucks sap from hemlock trees, causing them to lose their needles and die. read more >>