2015 Cankerworm Treatment

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    First of all I’d like to say thanks to all who have donated towards the 2015 cankerworm spraying program. This has been a very difficult situation for the SGMC to approach as we have had to deal with a native species that has gotten out of control, and not the invasive gypsy moth we were established for. We have collected funds on an ongoing basis for several decades that have effectively dealt with gypsy moth invasions in the past. This has been accomplished with much help and assistance from the WV Department of Agriculture (WVDA).
    Unfortunately we are on our own when it comes to an existing species, such as the cankerworm. Nevertheless they can cause tree mortality, just the same. We are required to provide all funding , all logistical concerns, all public notification.
    Our trees need to be preserved regardless of programs, politics, or unusual instances of nature. (i.e. recent cankerworm invasion).
    In light of the current critical situation we will attempt to provide a spray block program that we hope will address the needs and also not exceed available resources.
    With the limited funding we received from this year’s fundraiser we are going to be forced to use a significant portion of the existing gypsy moth treatment funds to accomplish an effective cankerworm spraying program for spring 2015. What the SGMC committee has determined is that we will attempt to provide a spray block to include the areas that were heavily defoliated last spring. In addition, as a result of the tree banding program done this last fall and winter by the WVDA, we will also include the areas that are predicted to have moderate and heavy defoliation this year. We have checked out aerial applicators and plan to use Helicopter Applicators Inc. who have a stellar reputation and have been in business since 1974.
    We will have spent considerably into the reserves we have had to protect our forest to accomplish this. It is extremely critical that future funding for gypsy moth treatment does not disappear as this only addresses the cankerworm and not the gypsy moth, which will return and always be an ongoing threat to our community. Anyone with any further questions or that has the desire to be omitted from the spraying program please contact Camille Campbell at (304) 270-6282 by 4/8/15. The date of spraying is yet to be determined but when this does occur please do not be alarmed by low flying helicopters in the area. Spraying date will likely be sometime at the end of April to the start of May.
     
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