The Adirondack Garden Club (AGC) has announced “Save the Trees – Adirondack Forest Pests, Prevention, and Early Detection,” a virtual presentation looking at the concern growing over the severe and urgent threat to the health of trees posed by invasive insects, set for Tuesday, March 8th.
Invasive insects threaten all manner of trees, from apple orchard to the hemlocks holding lakeshores in place. Some forest pests were introduced to North America over a century ago, while others are new to the State of New York or are newly discovered.
Rebecca Bernacki of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) will review the four top invasive species threatening North Country trees, and what can be done about the threat. The four invasive species to be discussed are Lymantria Dispar (gypsy moth), Spotted Lanternfly, Emerald Ash Borer, and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.
Rebecca “Becca” Bernacki is the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator at APIPP, which is one of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management across New York State. APIPP was founded in 1998 by The Nature Conservancy, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), New York State Department of Transportation and New York State Adirondack Park Agency. The APIPP is hosted by the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in Keene Valley.
Bernacki joined the organization in May 2020 and brings her experience in plant identification, survey techniques, project management, and geospatial analysis to the team. She now coordinates and implements APIPP’s prevention, surveillance, early detection and rapid response programs for terrestrial invasive plants, pests and pathogens. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and her Master of Science with a concentration in Terrestrial Ecology from the State University of New York College at Brockport.
This program will begin at 10 am. There is no charge for the lecture but advance registration is required. To register, visit the Adirondack Garden Club website.
Photos, from above: Emerald Ash Borer (USDA); Spotted lanternfly (Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture); Gypsy moth (USDA); and Hemlock Wolly Adelgid (APIPP).