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Treatment approved for Laurel Mountain's insect-plagued trees

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By Peter Turcik
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Laurel Mountain Borough council authorized the appropriation of up to $500 to purchase a spray applicator for chemical treatment of hemlock woolly adelgid insects on borough trees. These invasive insects attach themselves to the openings on the trees where needles have fallen and suck carbohydrates and other nutrients from the tree, leaving the tree malnourished and unable to grow.

Council member Sue Crouse said the borough has a volunteer who is interested in becoming certified to apply the pesticide on borough trees and would do so according to a plan devised by the DCNR Bureau of Forestry.

“My concern is we are getting into the fall, and because we have so many trees and we have an issue with some potential liability,” Crouse noted. “If he would supervise property owners as opposed to actually doing the application, I think we can help with the treatment of the trees; our borough is completely full of hemlock trees and it would be a huge fire hazard not to do something.”

Foresters would work with the volunteer, mapping out the heaviest concentrations of hemlocks. The results would be put into a grid, showing the locations of the best places to treat first.

In other news:

• The borough will hold a Halloween party at the community center beginning 5 p.m. Oct. 26. The party is for borough resident children and their invited guests. Residents Bonnie Cornish and Nicole Shreve volunteered to coordinate the party.

• Trick or treating in the borough will be 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

The next Laurel Mountain Borough Council meeting is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the community center of Laurel Mountain Park.

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