Gypsy moth strategic plan

The Minnesota Gypsy Moth Strategic Plan is alive and well.  A draft copy will be circulating statewide for review this fall.  It covers the ins and outs of which agency has what responsibility as this regulatory pest goes from scattered introductions (survey), to isolated outbreaks (control), to established forest consumer (stand regulation).   A detailed operational plan will follow, but you should already be marking your hardwood stands to increase vigor and reduce the presence of poor form oaks, basswoods and aspens.  The time to get your stands ready for gypsy moth is....NOW!

Gear-up early for forest tent caterpillar spraying

Lakeshore associations, communities, and other groups that anticipate spraying next spring for control of forest tent caterpillars should  ?gear-up? early this winter for two reasons: many aerial sprayers are busy treating agricultural fields in the spring; and 50-50 cost sharing project proposals under the Minnesota Releaf Program must be submitted to the DNR by February l, 2000.  A list of MN Dept. of Agriculture licensed aerial and ground forestry sprayers is available from DNR Forestry offices, as are booklets on the Minnesota Releaf program and packets of information on the forest tent caterpillar.

Fall FTC egg mass checks: Checks on the branches of quaking aspen, mountain ash and even hawthorne in the Warroad and Baudette Areas indicate the potential for another year of visible defoliation and high caterpillar populations next year. Let us hope for severe cold and a wet damp spring to knock them down!  Egg mass surveys will be conducted in the Alexandria area to compare egg mass numbers on basswood in sprayed verses unsprayed areas around the Gillchrist Lake area.  Egg mass surveys in Regions 2 and 3 will be started in November and completed by early next year.