Treatment approved for Laurel Mountain's insect-plagued trees
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.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.