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Wisconsin Reduces Gyspy Moth Spraying Program

Wisconsin Reduces Gyspy Moth Spraying Program Photo: Wisconsin DNR

January 02, 2018 10:23 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin is reducing its efforts to slow the spread of the leaf-eating gypsy moth by preparing to end a program that helps fight localized outbreaks in already infested parts of the state.

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The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state Department of Natural Resources is ending the aerial pesticide spraying program in the eastern two-thirds of the state because of a decline in requests from local communities and because of growing private-sector alternatives to federally subsidized spraying.

The newspaper published a map showing that spraying will no longer take place in Bayfield, Ashland, or Iron counties, but may still take place in Douglas, Burnett, Washburn, and Sawyer counties.

A 2016 Forest Service report says the program nationally slowed the gypsy moth's rate of spread by more than 60 percent, reducing environmental damage and financial losses on more than 125 million acres since 2000.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal


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