Moose Mountains Regional Greenways
Box 191, Union, NH 03887
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘New Hampshire’s Forest Health and Red Pine Scale’
On Tuesday evening, December 3, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (BHF/CSFCT) will offer an educational workshop on forest health starting at 6:30 pm at the Greater Wakefield Resource Center in Union, NH. The presentation will concentrate on the current issue of red pine scale infestations and be of particular interest to all who own woodlots or acreage with stands of red pines and to citizens who love NH forests.
The presenter will be Kyle Lombard, forest health specialist with the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Forests and Lands. He has 25 years of experience working with forest pest issues across New Hampshire. Says Lombard, “Join us for information on the current forest health issues in New Hampshire with a focus on the red pine scale now present in the Milton Mills, NH area. Learn what to look for, what can be done for infestations and what is the future of red pine in New Hampshire.” Following about an hour presentation, there will be time for discussion and Lombard will answer questions. Pre-registration is not required.
The motivation for this workshop was the discovery of red pine scale in the red pine plantations owned by Branch Hill Farm. Red pine scale is an invasive insect; its infestations produce yellowing or discoloration of pine needles leading to death of weakened red pine trees. At the recommendation of consulting forester Charlie Moreno, Branch Hill Farm will undertake a salvage operation timber cut, which will be noticeable along parts of Applebee Road.
Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org. MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land and offers many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.mmrg.info.