Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County (CCE) is partnering with The New York State Hemlock Initiative of Cornell University to offer a hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) monitoring and management workshop with a monitoring hike in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed.
Property owners, volunteers, lake and hemlock lovers are invited to learn how to monitor, report, and manage hemlock woolly adelgid in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed. This workshop will start at the Skaneateles Historical Society/ The Creamery where participants will hear from Charlotte Malmborg of the NY Hemlock Initiative about HWA biology, how to monitor and report infestations, and HWA management options for property owners. Shannon Fabiani, Water and Ecology Educator at CCE Onondaga, will speak about the role of hemlocks in the watershed. This workshop will include an HWA-specific iMap Invasives training. iMap Invasives is a web-based tool that utilizes a smartphone app. *Having a smartphone is not necessary to participate.
After a brief break for lunch, the group will carpool to Bahar Nature Preserve to learn how to identify hemlock trees and to see HWA firsthand. Winter is the best time to see HWA infestations.This event is free and open to the public however registration is requested. To register please contact Shannon Fabiani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-424-9485 ext. 232 for more information.
HWA is a very small aphid-like insect that can kill hemlock trees within 4-12 years. HWA was discovered along Skaneateles Lake in 2014, and has been found spreading across the western shoreline and southern portions of since then. Hemlock trees provide shelter for wildlife year-round, stabilize steep slopes, and cool streams and lakes which helps maintain water quality and support local fisheries. In the Skaneateles Watershed, hemlock forests provide shelter for wildlife year-round and protect water quality and aquatic life of the lake by stabilizing steep slopes, removing pollutants, and regulating water temperature. These hemlock forests are crucial for maintaining the water quality of Skaneateles Lake and the drinking water it provides for over 200,000 residents.
Support for this workshop comes from the City of Syracuse, NYS Hemlock Initiative and Cornell University.
28 Hannum St.
Skaneateles, NY 13152