Pictured above, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid masses from this invasive insect can be seen at the base of the needles on these hemlock branches.
Jamestown, N.Y.: -- The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) is partnering with the Chautauqua County Forest Pest Task Force to hold an evening forum to inform the public about invasive forest pests.
“Many of our local tree species are under siege by a variety of invasive forest pests, which threaten local ecosystems as well as economies and can diminish our enjoyment of the natural areas that make Chautauqua County such a wonderful place to live and visit,” said Jonathan Townsend, Conservation Biologist at RTPI. “Come join us to learn what we can all do to protect our forests from these pests.”
The event will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St. in Jamestown, N.Y. It will feature opening remarks from Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, and representatives from RPTI and the pest task force. There will also be presentations by Mark Whitmore, Forest Entomologist and Professor at Cornell University, and Emily Thiel, Education and Outreach Program Manager for the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. Whitmore will discuss the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect that attacks North American hemlocks, and Thiel will discuss various forest pests and their management.
“One of Chautauqua County’s greatest assets is our natural resources,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “We need to remain vigilant to protect these beautiful landscapes to ensure they remain healthy for years to come. By learning about these threats and how to quickly identify forest pests, we can all take part in protecting our forests from destruction by pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.”
The forum is free and refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Townsend at (716) 665-2473 ext. 231 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .