The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and partner organizations are planning to tackle a gypsy moth infestation in the southwest corner of the city of Stillwater this spring. In anticipation of the proposed treatment, the department is inviting people to learn about the effort at an informational meeting on February 26 at Stillwater City Hall.
Gypsy moths are ranked among America’s most destructive tree pests. The insect has caused millions of dollars in damage to forests as it has spread from New England to Wisconsin in recent decades. Gypsy moth caterpillars can defoliate large sections of forest. The pests are common in Wisconsin and are now establishing themselves in Minnesota.
The MDA maintains a monitoring program to watch for start-up infestations, and when an infestation is found, the department conducts aerial treatments of the infestation before it can spread. In 2018, the MDA found an infestation to the east of Long Lake. The department is now developing a treatment plan for a 633 acre affected area that is roughly centered over the Croixwood Neighborhood (SEE MAP) More information on the proposed treatment area can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/gmtreatments.
The MDA will host an open house from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on February 26 to share information with citizens about the threat gypsy moths pose to the environment and how officials plan to protect the urban forest.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Stillwater City Hall
216 4th Street N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
Over the years, the MDA has successfully treated dozens of gypsy moth infestations across eastern Minnesota from Grand Portage to the Twin Cities to Houston County. A gypsy moth infestation was successfully eliminated in Stillwater in 1984. More recently, an area of nearby Grant was treated in 2011. These successful treatments help postpone the full-scale invasion of gypsy moth, saving local communities and homeowners money and protecting the health of the state’s urban and natural forests.
For more information on the proposed treatments, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/gmtreatments.
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications