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State preparing interior quarantine for West Michigan counties Allegan, Muskegon and Ottawa to halt spread of wooly adelgid in hemlock trees.
Wooly adelgid is an invasive species that attacks hemlock trees and is now being watched carefully in several west Michigan counties bordering Lake Michigan. Although the state has placed restrictions on the movement of hemlocks since 2014, the wooly adelgid problem has persisted. Now it has been identified in neighboring Allegan County and the state is preparing an interior quarantine to halt its movement.
Are hemlocks in Van Buren County in danger?
Eleanor Serocki from the Van Buren Conservation District told me, "While hemlock wooly adelgid is not known to have any populations in our county, it is certainly seen as a threat to our ecosystems and the environmental health of our area."
"The State is currently working to manage the infestations that we know about," Serocki continued, "but finding new populations of hemlock wooly adelgid can be difficult since the insect is so small and in may cases we don't know where populations of hemlock trees are in our areas."
If you want to help a good resource is Michigan State University's Eyes on the Forest program which enlists volunteers to monitor hemlock trees.
"Thank you for spreading awareness of this species," Serocki said. She also offered to answer further questions by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, (269)-657-4030.