NY Officials Bank on ‘Larry’ to Control Forest Pest

Cornell University and state officials are banking on a beetle from the Pacific Northwest to stop an invasive insect from destroying upstate New York’s hemlock forests.

The first known hemlock woolly adelgid infestation in the Adirondacks was reported July 18 in a small number of trees on Prospect Mountain in Lake George, Warren County.

The tiny insect, from East Asia, was first detected in New York in 1985 and has already caused extensive damage in the southern Catskills and Finger Lakes region. However, 17 other states along the Appalachian Mountain range from Maine to Georgia have reported infestations. read more >>