ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New infestations by two devastating forest pests have been detected at opposite ends of New York state, endangering pines in Long Island and hemlocks in a rugged canyon south of Buffalo.
A Cornell Cooperative Extension scientist discovered a tree infested by hemlock woolly adelgid this fall in Deer Lick Conservation Area owned by The Nature Conservancy in Cattaraugus County. It was the first appearance in western New York of the insect that has devastated hemlocks in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says Wednesday it plans to treat the infested trees with pesticides.
On Long Island, the DEC and U.S. Forest Service have confirmed infestations of Southern Pine Beetle for the first time in New York. Management plans are being developed.