The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and partner organizations are planning to tackle a gypsy moth infestation in Winona County this spring.
In anticipation of the proposed treatment, the department is inviting people to learn about the effort at an open house to be held March 2nd in Nodine.
The MDA maintains a monitoring program to watch for start-up infestations, and when an infestation is found, the department conducts aerial treatments of the infestation before it can spread. In 2016, the MDA found an infestation in Winona County. The department is now developing a treatment plan for an affected area totaling approximately 1,744 acres in New Hartford Township
The public meeting will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the New Hartford Township Meeting Hall along County Road 12 at Nodine.
Ranked among America's most destructive tree pests, gypsy moth has caused millions of dollars in damage to forests as it has spread from New England to Wisconsin in recent decades. Gypsy moth caterpillars can defoliate large sections of forest. The pests are common in Wisconsin and are now establishing themselves in Minnesota.