Thursday, May 3, 2018

Gifford Pinchot's Grey Towers Hosts May 30 Program On The Spotted Lanternfly In Pike County

The Spotted Lanternfly is a threat to the general public, the forest products industry, as well as all commerce in Pennsylvania.
There is currently a quarantine in place for 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania to try to stop the movement of the invasive pest. The SLF is a native of China, and could possibly work its way into our region.
This destructive insect feeds on a variety of over 70 species of plants including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches, ailanthus, hops and certain ornamental plants. There is a serious threat of the SLF spreading due to the fact that it lays its egg masses on any flat surface.
The May 30 meeting will cover general information about the Spotted Lanternfly including: initial detection, biology and life cycle, current distribution, impacts of pest feeding, recorded damage, pathways for spread, and control methods.
It will also cover quarantine expansion, compliance agreements, and what to do if you find a Spotted Lanternfly.
Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, Program Manager at Northern Tier Hardwood Association, will be the presenter at a free Spotted Lanternfly.
There will also be a testing session by the Department of Agriculture for people who will need permits to conduct business, travel, or transport in the quarantined area.
The meeting will be held in the Cornelia Room on the second floor at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford, PA 18337.
The meeting and testing are free, but reservations are required and can be made by sending email to:  Questions should be direct by email to: or call 570-265-7753.
Click Here to learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania from the Department of Agriculture.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Grey Towers Heritage Association.  Click Here to sign up for updates from the Association, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, visit their YouTube Channel, become part of their Google+ Circle and follow them on Instagram.
 Also visit the Grey Towers Historic Site website and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation website for information on its conservation research and policy programs.  Click Here to sign up for the Institute’s regular updates.
(Photo: Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, Program Manager at Northern Tier Hardwood Association,)
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