Everything To Know About The Tiny, Tree-Killing Bugs Invading West Virginia Right Now

Hemlock Woolly Adelgids, an invasive insect species originally from East Asia, are not a new problem for West Virginia forests, but they are a significant problem. They have the potential to drastically change the beautiful, diverse West Virginia landscape that we know and love, and while many ecologists are fighting hard to rid the state of this pest, it may be a battle that’s impossible to win.

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But will these efforts preserve our hemlock forests? Only time will tell.

To learn more, you can find information on hemlock woolly adelgids in the New River Gorge on the National Park Service website here. Have you ever spotted signs of these destructive creatures in the forest as you hike?

Oh, and to see Blackwater Falls while the water is still “black” (or more golden-amber, actually), check this article for details.

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