Franklin County briefs

May 06, 2009

Gypsy moth spraying set in Pa.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Gypsy moth spraying will start in the next few days in Franklin County and 24 other Pennsylvania counties to suppress the woodland insect pest.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced gypsy moths are prevalent enough to require 178,000 acres of woodlands to be sprayed in parts of the state. Officials described the gypsy moth as "one of the most destructive forest pests in Pennsylvania."

"Our aerial and ground surveys showed more than 766,500 acres of woodlands were defoliated last spring by the gypsy moth," DCNR Acting Secretary John H. Quigley said in a press release.

DCNR sprayed 64,900 acres in 2007 and ramped up efforts to include 221,000 acres of private, state and federal woodlands to combat increased populations in 2008, according to the release.


Spraying can protect trees from "moderate to severe defoliation" caused by gypsy moths, Quigley said.

Spraying will be performed in May by seven helicopters and four small airplanes. Franklin County has 440 acres targeted for spraying.

Oak, apple, sweet gum, basswood, birch, poplar and willow trees are affected the most by the gypsy moth. Older larvae also will feed on confers such as hemlock, pines, spruces and southern white cedar, according to the release.

A tree begins to suffer when 30 percent or more of its leaf surface is lost, according to the release.

Spraying can be tracked at

Quincy Twp. gets sewer grant

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Quincy Township, Pa., has received an $80,000 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection grant to extend public sewer lines along Stamey Hill Road.

Seven properties on the road have problems during heavy rains, Quincy Township Supervisor Kerry Bumbaugh said. The water floods out their on-lot septic systems, he said.

The project, which will total $150,500, will extend a line from the Penn National development.

"This will resolve their problems," Bumbaugh said.

The township expects to start and complete the work in June and July, he said.

In a press release announcing the grant, state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, said the infrastructure improvements will position the township to handle new growth.

Washington Twp. mountain fire still under investigation

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -- The Washington Township, Pa., mountain fire on April 27 remains under investigation, said Rod Lyon, a forest fire specialist with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

The fire consumed 37 acres north of Mentzer Gap Road near the Ashton Heights mobile home park. Lyon said the investigation into the fire's cause currently involves knocking on doors in the mobile home park, asking residents if they saw anything out of the ordinary.

"We're doing a lot of interviews right now," he said.

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