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WVDA Urges Landowners to Sign-up for 2020 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program

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Name: Crescent Gallagher
Title: Communications Director
Phone: 304-380-3922
Email address: [email protected]

Press release: June 25, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is urging landowners to sign up for the Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. The goal of the program is to help slow the spread of the invasive gypsy moth. The sign-up period will run from July 1st until August 31st.

“Every year our state deals with more and more invasive pests who bring potential devastation to our forests and farm lands. The arrival of these pests is almost inevitable, but programs like gypsy moth suppression limits the impact these pests have on some of West Virginia’s most valuable resources,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We hope people will take advantage of this program.”

Once applications and deposits are received, a forest health protection specialist will visit the landowner’s property to determine if the level of gypsy moth infestation meets program guidelines. A final decision to participate in the program must be confirmed by signing a contract with the WVDA by early December 2019. The minimum acreage required to participate in the program is 50 contiguous acres of wooded land. Adjoining landowners may combine their properties to meet the acreage requirement.

“The gypsy moth is a non-native, invasive insect that feeds on hundreds of species of trees and shrubs, including West Virginia hardwoods. Defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars can weaken trees, making them more susceptible to other pests and diseases,” said WVDA Plant Industries Director Tim Brown. “We have seen some great success in slowing the spread of gypsy moth here in West Virginia.”

The CSCL Gypsy Moth Program will accept gypsy moth egg mass survey applications from landowners within the program area starting July 1st. Application forms and brochures are available here

For more information, contact WVDA Assistant Director Quentin “Butch” Sayers at [email protected] or WVDA Gypsy Moth Program Coordinator G. Scott Hoffman at [email protected] 304-788-1066.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials who sits on the Board of Public Works..

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