Nature

Talk to me, tree! Gypsy Moths in the Shenandoah Valley

Chasing gypsy moths in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is still at the top of my list of fun jobs! The moth is an invasive species whose ravenous larval form marched across the state in a destructive swath of defoliated forests. The caterpillars threatened to destroy valuable veneer-quality trees of the Appalachia Mountains and disrupt the delicate ecology of the headwaters of the Shenandoah River. The State of Virginia and the United States Forest Service hired me and other biologists and foresters to survey the population of the moth, manage affected areas, and share with the community operative...

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