The hunt is on for hemlock woolly adelgids, invasive insects from Asia that state officials say threaten Vermont’s hemlock trees.
The insects are coming out of their summer hibernation, and feed on hemlock twigs through the cooler months, eventually killing trees.
The insects were first spotted in southeastern Vermont’s Windham County last year. The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is recruiting teams of volunteers to monitor hemlock stands and look for infestations.
Volunteers take two hours of training and will help with forest surveys this winter. Those interested can call state forester Jim Esden at 802-885-8822.