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Rotary Clubs, OWLA, students take on invasive tree-killing pest

The Auburn and Owasco Rotary Clubs are working with the Owasco Watershed Lake Association (OWLA) to combat an invasive pest.

Asian pest kills hemlock trees

The clubs are working with OWLA to treat hemlock trees along the lakeshore to reduce the number of Hemlock Wooly Adelgids, which feed on the sap of the trees, eventually killing them. The bugs, natives of Asia, were first spotted in New York in 2017.

Local groups organize to combat invasive species that attack hemlock trees

The Auburn Rotary Club is working with the Auburn Enlarged School District on an art and literature project showing the potential harm HWA’s can cause.

The entries are in and will be displayed at Seymour Library from June 15 to July 22, 2022, and at the Auburn Rotary Party in the Park on July 23 and 24. Available at these displays will be a piece educating the community on the harmful effects of HWA and what you can do to help stop the spread of this invasive species.

You may also see canisters popping up at your local neighborhood businesses to make donation. If you are a business and would like a canister for your store or restaurant please contact Paul Barrus at 315-237-7859.

Photos courtesy of Ed Helinski, Auburn Rotary Club.