Next is the flyer which will be sent out around 3/11/10 to Shannondale/River View Park/John Brown Farm Landowners. There will also be a supply at the Gate 3 mail shed.
SHANNONDALE/RIVER VIEW PARK/JOHN BROWN FARM
2010 GYPSY MOTH UPDATE
The gypsy moth treatments of Shannondale/River Park/John Brown Farm for 2007 and 2008 were successful. In 2009 no treatment was needed due to our previous spraying efforts and the Entomophaga fungus that developed due to a cool wet spring. We extend sincere thanks to all who have contributed toward spraying costs. Your contributions and the subsequent spraying over the years have saved our community from total tree devastation inflicted by the gypsy moth caterpillar. In 2006 the caterpillars defoliated 17,272 acres in WV, which more than quadrupled to over 81,000 acres in 2008. In 2007 the caterpillar significantly defoliated parts of the Blue Ridge Mountain in Jefferson County. In 2009 defoliated acres in West Virginia dropped to 44,281 but this is still higher than it was three years ago. There were no defoliated acres in Jefferson County in 2009.
The WVDA has completed the 2009 egg mass surveys and no treatment to suppress the gypsy moth caterpillar will be needed in Shannondale/RVP/JBF in 2010. Shannondale/RVP/JBF are surrounded by private and public lands that do not always survey and treat so we remain at risk of encroachment from these properties. The gypsy moth caterpillar will never be eliminated and can only be suppressed for periods of time. We will always suffer periodic outbreaks of the caterpillar. For these reasons the Shannondale Gypsy Moth Committee (SGMC) will continue to solicit funds from landowners for treatment, even in non-spraying years, so that we will have enough money to spray when it is necessary.
The 50% Federal Cost Share money is not as certain as it once was and there is a greater possibility that land owners may have to pay most of the cost of spraying (currently around $25 per acre for Dimilin and $30 for BT). It is important that people contact their US Representatives about the importance of this cost share money.
We encourage and suggest every land owner contribute $40 per lot but ANYamount will be greatly appreciated. Please complete the form below and send with your contribution to: Shannondale Gypsy Moth Fund, 24A Upper Clubhouse Dr., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. If you have any questions or want to volunteer to help us fight this terribly destructive pest please contact Camille Campbell at 304-728-5091 or [email protected]
If you want to learn more about gypsy moths in our community please visit our website at www.gypsymoth.org (http://www.gypsymoth.org/), hosted by www.shannondale.org (http://www.shannondale.org/). This site is updated regularly and has a lot of useful information as well as pictures to help you identify the various life stages of the gypsy moth. Again, we greatly thank you for your ongoing support! Our efforts have been successful thanks to your contributions.
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