Citizen science opportunity: Protect our Hemlock trees

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia, which feeds off of the food storage cells below the needles of an Eastern Hemlock tree and hides itself under white woolly masses for protection. Within only a matter of 4-10 years an individual tree can succumb to an HWA infestation if left unnoticed. This deadly bug has been progressively moving closer to the area as it has spread throughout much of the eastern United States, leaving massive stands of hemlocks dead in their wake. Early detection of this particular pest is crucial as the spread of HWA can be managed.

This winter RTPI and community partners will conduct a series of field surveys to monitor our local forests for the presence of HWA. The public is invited to join these efforts, working alongside researchers, conservationists and professors from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College. As we all know, Western New York winter weather can be rather snowy and cold. Individuals interested in participating in surveys should be prepared for the weather with warm clothing and boots. Snow pants and snow shoes or cross country skis are highly recommended when snow pack is deep.

The following survey efforts will be open for the public to join:

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: today, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.

This morning is the first survey of the season! Attendees will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Dobbin’s Woods Preserve located on Bly Hill Road in the town of Ashville. Attendees will meet at 10 a.m. in the preserve parking lot. Visit http://chautauquawatershed.org/index.php/preserves/our-preserves for directions to the preserve.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m.

As a part of the High Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership, led by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, RTPI and JCC adopted South Valley State Forest to survey and contribute information to these agencies as well as the Department of Environmental Conservation. Join attendees as they survey two sites on the state forest lands. Attendees will meet in the RTPI parking lot promptly at 12:30 p.m. to carpool and meet on-site around 1 p.m. For those meeting on-site, please meet near the bridge on Sawmill Run Road approx. 42∂02.511’N 079∂00.580’W. For more information and directions to South Valley State Forest please visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68293.html

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m.

Attendees will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s newly established Goose Creek Valley Greenway Preserve located on Hoag Road in the town of Ashville. Attendees will meet at 10 a.m. at the entrance of the site located approx. 42∂05’04.9“N 79∂22’35.6”W. Visit http://chautauquawatershed.org/index.php/preserves/our-preserves for directions to the preserve.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.

In addition to the South Valley State Forest site, attendees are also surveying the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area in Warren Pennsylvania for the joint U.S. Forest Service and Nature Conservancy project. Attendees will meet in the RTPI parking lot promptly at 12:30 p.m. to carpool and meet on-site in the Hatch Run parking lot (located off of Hatch Run Road in Warren PA) around 1 p.m.. For more information about Hatch Run please visit: http://www.wcconservation.net/hatch-run-conservation-demonstration-area/

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.

Attendees will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Elm Flats First Preserve located on Lawson Road in the town of Chautauqua. Attendees will meet in front of the preserve to give instruction and then hike to the hemlock stand. Please visit http://chautauquawatershed.org/index.php/preserves/our-preserves for directions.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.

Join attendees as they explore RTPI’s backyard and survey the Jamestown Community College and Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s preserves. Attendees will meet in the RTPI parking lot at 1 p.m. to provide instruction and go through the preserves.

Questions? Contact Elyse Henshaw RTPI Conservation Technician at ehenshawATrtpi.org or by calling 716-665-2473 ext. 231 or Jonathan Townsend CWC Lands Manager at jonathanATchautauquawatershed.org or by calling 716-664-2166.

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