Saving The Hemlocks At Platt Farm Preserve

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In May, we released over 800 beetles to address the infestation of the hemlock wooly adelgid that we found in abundance on our hemlock trees along the river trail at Platt Farm Preserve (see photo). Researchers have been rearing and releasing these tiny predatory beetles called Sasajiscymnus tsugae into forests to control these pests who are threatening the survival of the eastern hemlocks.

With the help of Dr. Carole Cheah, a research entomologist at the Valley Laboratory, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Windsor, and some volunteers, we assessed the infestation of the wooly adelgid. Dr. Cheah suggested we act quickly and advised us on how to acquire and release the beetles.This was a significant investment for the SLT but was an ecologically prudent way to save these precious and important trees.

Anyone who would like information about this process, please contact Regina Badura, Director of Stewardship at stewardship@southburylandtrust.org.

The Preservation of Platt Farm

It's been 20 years!

It has been 20 years since the Southbury Land Trust preserved Platt Farm. This farm was the first to be purchased by the Southbury Land Trust. Through the years, this property has been referred to as the "crown jewel" as it is thought to be the most attractive and valuable piece of open space in Southbury. The story of how this land was preserved has been revealed in a 13 minute documentary video.  You will not want to miss this heart-warming account of how so many people pulled together to save this beautiful place!

 

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