Sign-up for 2019 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program to Begin July 1
Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) is urging landowners to sign up for the Cooperative
State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Gypsy Moth Suppression program to help
protect West Virginia’s forests. The sign-up period will run from July 1st until August 31st.
forests are one of our state’s most valuable resources. From tourism to our
timber industry, our forests are a vital economic driver for the Mountain
State,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We hope people
will take advantage of this program.”
and brochures are available at the WVDA’s Plant Industries Division
website. Landowners may
also obtain applications and brochures at local WVU Extension offices and
WVDA field offices in Charleston (304-558-2212) or New Creek (304-788-1066).
A non-refundable $1.00 per acre survey deposit must be submitted with the
application. This deposit will be applied toward payment for treatment if
the landowner qualifies.
“The gypsy moth is a
non-native, invasive insect that feeds on hundreds of species of trees and
shrubs, including West Virginia hardwoods,” said WVDA Plant Industries
Assistant Director Butch Sayers. “Defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars
can weaken trees, making them more susceptible to other pests and diseases.
This treatment program helps safeguard our forests from further damage.”
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. Those landowners who qualify and wish to participate in the
program must sign a contract with the WVDA by December of 2018.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922