LGLC Leads On-the-Ground Efforts to Protect Hemlocks in Peril
Since 2016, the LGLC has readied itself to take actions to counter hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) infestations threatening the watershed. During this time, we have worked tirelessly on training, education and public outreach; strengthening partnerships; certifying staff for controlled pesticide applications; and spent countless hours monitoring trees. In addition, we have invested well over $150,000 into work on this one terrestrial invasive alone.
Thanks to all of the time, effort, and funds that we had invested in building up our knowledge base on HWA, LGLC staff were immediately able to hit the ground running to help with the monitoring efforts following the confirmation in August of an HWA infestation on the lake's eastern shore.
After more than 500 hours of surveying, HWA has been found on hemlocks throughout 250 acres along 1.5 miles of shoreline on the eastern shore of Lake George, extending into the Town of Fort Ann. Most recently, we have also confirmed its presence on Dome Island, the protected island owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed by the LGLC.