A Town resident recently attended our Board meeting and asked if we were aware of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid that are in our area. She explained that the “Hemlock Woolly Adelgid” is an invasive, aphid-like insect that is attacking North American hemlocks throughout our country and is now infiltrating New York State, including our own Southern Tier. All species of hemlock are vulunerable to attack, but severe damage and death typically occurs in eastern and Carolina hemlocks. (Eastern hemlock is the most common species of hemlock in New York State.)
Just for fun and a little local history, many residents may not realize that the Town of Binghamton was often referred to as “The Hemlocks” by the early settlers, and we continue to have an abundance of hemlocks in our woods today that are now vulnerable to these destructive insects.
Our hope is to make all Town of Binghamton residents aware of the infestation in our area. For more information, please check out the New York State Hemlock Initiative.