URI receives $500K to study insect invasion

THE WOOLLY AGELGID was  first spotted in southern Rhode Island in 1985, and within 10 years had spread statewide, the DEM says. Above, HWA egg masses on a hemlock bough. /
THE WOOLLY AGELGID was first spotted in southern Rhode Island in 1985, and within 10 years had spread statewide, the DEM says. Above, HWA egg masses on a hemlock bough. /
WASHINGTON – The University of Rhode Island will receive $499,994 in federal aid to research the hemlock woolly agelgid (HWA), a non-native insect that attacks and kills eastern hemlock trees. “In Rhode Island, our quality of life and economic development correlate directly with the health of our environment and we must find ways to protect…

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