|Published: 12:58 PM, 12/06/2012
||Last updated: 1:00 PM, 12/06/2012
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NASHVILLE-Predatory beetles that feed on hemlock woolly
adelgids (HWA), an invasive pest killing swaths of hemlock trees from eastern
Tennessee to the Cumberland Mountains, were released Tuesday at Martha
Sundquist State Forest in Cocke County.
The release was an effort by the Tennessee Department of
Agriculture Division of Forestry (TDF) to protect young eastern hemlock
seedlings from the invasive exotic pest, which is responsible for killing many,
if not most, of the mature hemlocks in the state forest.
"Martha Sundquist State Forest is a good site for these
beetles to be released because there is a healthy population of HWA to sustain
them," said Douglas Godbee, TDF Forest Health Forester. "We will monitor these
beetles over the next couple of years in hopes that they will reproduce, become
an established population, and continue to prey on HWA in order to eventually
control the HWA population."
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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