by Josh Adkins, UK Graduate Research Assistant
A recent write-up of forest pests from the Charleston Gazette can be found here.
I'm always glad to see some press coverage of invasive species. Of course, I wish it wasn't an issue that needed to be covered! Unfortunately, Kentucky will soon be/already is plagued by many of these same organisms. Hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in 12 Kentucky counties, and is likely more abundant and widespread in eastern Kentucky than we realize. Emerald ash borer has been found in 11 counties in the Commonwealth. Our dogwoods, which add so much color and beauty to the Spring landscape in Kentucky, are threatened by dogwood anthracnose just like those in WV.
Come on, Lexington Herald-Leader, there's a story in the forests of eastern Kentucky that needs some coverage!