State to launch mapping challenge

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has put out a call for volunteers to assist with a mapping project to track the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, a tree-killing insect.

From Feb. 12 through March 12, NY iMapInvasives and the NYS Hemlock Initiative will host a statewide winter mapping challenge, with prizes.

To participate: Find hemlock trees, check for white “fuzz balls” on the undersides of twigs and report your findings. See

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