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MDA to Host Open House Events on Summer Gypsy Moth Treatments

Updated: 03/10/2014 2:30 PM
Created: 03/10/2014 2:26 PM WDIO.com

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and partner organizations are planning to tackle gypsy moth infestations in northeastern Minnesota this summer.

In anticipation of the treatments, the department is inviting people to learn about the effort at open houses.

The MDA says gypsy moths are one of America's most destructive tree pests, and have caused millions of dollars in damage to forests in its spread from New England to Wisconsin in recent decades. They say Gypsy Moth caterpillars can defoliate large sections of forest.

The MDA maintains a monitoring program to watch for start-up infestations, and when an infestation is found, the department conducts aerial treatments to slow their spread. Last year the department found infestations covering approximately 53,000 acres. They're now developing treatment plans for the affected areas:

  • Duluth
  • Parts of Hermantown
  • Proctor
  • Canosia Township
  • Rice Lake Township
  • Morse Township (near Ely)

Later this week, the MDA will host two open houses to share information about the threat gypsy moths pose to the environment, and how officials plan to protect urban forest areas. Scheduling and location information:

Thursday, March 13, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
City Center West - West Duluth Library
5830 Grand Avenue, Duluth

Thursday, March 13, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Duluth Heights Community Recreation Center
33 West Mulberry Street, Duluth

Residents in the proposed Ely treatment area will receive information by mail.

Click here for more treatment information

MN Department of Agriculture

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