Friday, July 29, 2011

Weirdo Disease

Okay. A disease is never weird. At least that is what the parent in me says, but then I got an email about a disease is killing a super beautiful forest. Its called Woolly Adelgids. No joke.


One year since discovering the aggressive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Cary officials have received laboratory confirmation from tested samples that there is no evidence of activity of the damaging insect known to decimate acres of Hemlocks at a clip. After its discovery during a tree mapping project last summer, the Town created and executed a multi-phased approach to eliminating the existing Adelgids and manage reoccurances with the help of multiple public and private entities. Tactics included “bark painting” followed by comprehensive inspections; contractors will return in October 2011 and June 2012 for re-inspections and reapplication if necessary.

Bark painting. I have been to this forest. It is pretty. I'm sure we will take the kids some day, but I don't know if I will forget this crazy disease.

Decimate acres of Hemlocks at a clip. Bark painting. Okay. Yea. I'm still stuck on the name.

What a funky name. Who comes up with these things? I'm glad the kids can't get it.

Can you imagine filling out the beginning of the school year medical form? I'd check the "other" box under medical conditions and the teacher would be like - um - "Is your kid contagious?"

I'm just sayin'

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