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Parks Canada Seeking Public Input On A Plan To Fight Pest

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You still have a few days to voice your opinion on a Parks Canada plan that will combat the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, which has taken over the hemlock tree stands at Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site.

Matthew Smith, Parks Canada Ecologist, and co-chairman of a task force fighting HWA said that it is a serious concern. It is bad for Kejimkujik. It is attractive for people because the beautiful stands offer a lot of ecological services to animals and plants, a report said.

Parks Canada is seeking public input as part of a five-year project to combat HWA. All comments must be submitted by September 10 by email to [email protected] Parks Canada will use your comments to guide its next steps.

This tiny, poppy-see-like insect lives at the base of hemlock needles. It is encapsulated in a white, woolly substance and has a long straw-type appendage that it uses to suck the nutrients out of trees. The tree is then starved and eventually dies.

HWA can also be spread by wind and people moving firewood around from one area to the next.

Trees can become infected and die within three years.

Smith says there are three methods to combat HWA: insecticide, silviculture, and, for a longer-term solution, the introduction of predators like beetles.

If approved, the plan will begin in October. It will involve Parks Canada staff using a combination of silviculture (removal of approximately 3,500 hemlock trees with most in Jeremy’s Bay campground), and an injection of imidacloprid pesticide into 1,500 trees.

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