Public Meeting Scheduled on the 2009 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program in Dane County
January 16, 2009
Darren Marsh, Dane County Land and Water Resources-Parks Division, (608) 224-3766 Lisa Johnson, Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator, (608) 224-3715
Land & Water Resources
February 9, 2009
Lyman Anderson Agricultural and Conservation Center
1 Fen Oak Court
Madison, WI 53718
Dane County Parks, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Dane County Tree Board will hold a public information forum about the 2009 Gypsy Moth Suppression Aerial Spray Program in Dane County on February 9, 2009. The meeting will be held at 5:30 pm at the Lyman Anderson Center, Conference Rooms A and B, 1 Fen Oak Court, Madison, WI 53718. Representatives from the three agencies will provide information on the biology and life cycle of the gypsy moth and discuss gypsy moth management and control. Questions from the public will be welcomed.
The gypsy moth population appears to be growing. 2008 surveys indicated that the number of infested sites within Dane County is increasing. The gypsy moth can be a serious tree pest. In large populations, gypsy moths can defoliate trees and kill those that are already under stress. In addition, some people experience allergic reactions caused by contact with gypsy moth egg cases or caterpillars. The Gypsy Moth Suppression Program is intended to help reduce these effects.
Within Dane County, 34 treatment blocks covering 2,716 acres have been proposed for 2009. In 2008 there were 23 treatment blocks covering 2,342 acres. The 2009 treatment blocks include 28 sites in the City of Madison, two in the City of Monona, one in the City of Middleton, one in the Town of Middleton, one in the Village of Shorewood Hills, and one in the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. An overview map and details about each spray block can be found below. Two proposed spray blocks in Lake Kegonsa State Park will also be discussed at this meeting. Spray block maps will also be available for viewing in early February at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources web site: gypsymoth.wi.gov
Landowners and residents within the proposed treatment blocks have the option to request that their property or residence (as well as a 250 square foot buffer area) not be treated by writing to Darren Marsh, Parks Division, Dane County Land and Water Resources, 1 Fen Oak Court, Madison, WI 53718. Objection requests must be received by February 20, 2009.