State of Infestation

On November 8, 2005 state forester Charlie Burnham contacted the Friends and made the following report on the adelgid infestation:

“I was at the Gorge last week and will write up a summary of what I was and have it to you sometime next week.

Overall things look good but I have noticed the start of a hemlock woolly adelgid buildup. I couldn’t locate any ladybugs, that is what we are seeing across the state we believe because of the drop in adelgid populations the beetles have to disperse greatly to find food.”