Invasive species that kills hemlock trees found in Allegany State Park

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) – An invasive species that kills hemlock trees has been confirmed in Allegany State Park.

The NYS Parks Office says the hemlock woolly adelgid was found by trained citizen scientist volunteers at two locations while performing area searches within the park. The find was confirmed by the State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The insect kills the trees by devouring nutrients. The State Parks Office says it has taken steps to eliminate the hemlock woolly adelgid and will step up efforts to find additional infestations.

“We are hopeful these efforts will limit further spread of hemlock woolly adelgid in Allegany State Park and neighboring property,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said.

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