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TOWN OF ITHACA CONSERVATION BOARD TO HONOR THE NEW YORK STATE HEMLOCK INITIATIVE

posted May 22, 2019, 6:43 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated May 22, 2019, 6:43 AM ]

The New York State Hemlock Initiative is the recipient of the 16th annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award . The award was established in 2003 by the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board to honor Dr. Fischer for his significant efforts to preserve important environmental resources in the Town.

 

Members of the Conservation Board will present the award to representatives of the New York State Hemlock Initiative at a tree planting ceremony on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00 pm at the Town of Ithaca’s Forest Home Park.  Forest Home Park is located on Forest Home Drive at the intersection with Pleasant Grove Road, near the downstream bridge over Fall Creek.

 

The New York State Hemlock Initiative (https://blogs.cornell.edu/nyshemlockinitiative/) is being honored for their persistence, dedication, and foresighted strategies for preserving the crucial place eastern hemlocks hold in our natural areas as they are attacked by the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA).  For the past decade, Cornell forest entomologist Mark Whitmore has been working to implement effective biological controls throughout New York to manage HWA populations. Now a team of thirteen, the New York State Hemlock Initiative is working to improve lab rearing techniques for HWA predator insects, develop field protocols for successful biocontrol establishment outside of the lab, and spread the word about hemlock conservation.

 

For questions, please contact Michael Smith, Senior Planner.