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2024 insect pest information session to be offered Thursday

by Community Contributor

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture will hold a public meeting from 9:30am to 11am, Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the Public Health, Environmental and Agricultural Laboratory (PHEAL) in Ewing to allow members of the public to address issues and concerns relating to the Lymantria dispar, dispar (LDD) aerial treatment program proposed for the spring of 2024.

The purpose of the program is to suppress populations of LDD, formerly known as the gypsy moth, and reduce defoliation and subsequent tree loss caused by the caterpillars. Recently completed egg mass surveys, conducted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, show that approximately 1,471 acres of residential, municipal and 1,500 acres of state-owned properties in Burlington, Cape May, Passaic and Sussex counties qualify for the treatment program. 

The public meeting is an integral part of an environmental analysis of the proposed project. The session will include a presentation outlining the scope of the proposed 2024 treatment. The public will be given the opportunity to present oral comments pertaining to new issues and information regarding the proposed aerial suppression program. Written comments will also be accepted.

The LDD information session will be held 9:30am to 11am Thursday, January 4, 2024, in the Auditorium at PHEAL, 2 Schwarzkopf Drive, Ewing, NJ, 08628.

For more information on New Jersey’s LDD suppression program, visit:www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/gypsymoth.html. Also, for national LDD material, visit Lymantria dispar dispar (usda.gov).

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