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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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