Thompson Hosting Forum on the Effect of Invasive Species to Pennsylvania Forests

Jan 29, 2016

Bellefonte, PA – Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05), Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, today announced plans to host a forum on Friday, Feb. 5, from 8-9:30 a.m. at Penn State University’s Forest Resources Building. The event, entitled “The Threat of Invasive Species to Penn’s Woods,” will focus on the impact of these species to forests across the Commonwealth.  Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District includes the Allegheny National Forest, which spans four counties and more than 500,000 acres.

“The threat posed by invasive species, including the Emerald Ash Borer, the Spotted Lanternfly and Gypsy Moths continue to be a great concern, especially since some of our Commonwealth’s oldest and most prevalent trees are threatened by these pests,” Thompson said.  “This forum can also serve as a resource for private landowners and the community – since good forest management leads to the promotion of clean water and clean air, in addition to support for our rural communities through the creation of jobs.”

Among the presenters at the forum are:

  • Richard Roush, Ph.D., Dean, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Tom Baker, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Chemical Ecology, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Gregory Hoover, Ornamental Entomologist, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Don Eggen, Chief of the Forest Pest Management Division, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

"Invasive species are serious threats to our agricultural, aquatic, urban and forest ecosystems and our health and our economy, causing millions of dollars in losses each year,” Roush said.  “It's important that we provide information to the community about how to avoid these threats and, when necessary, how to manage these species when they become established.  We’re very grateful to Congressman Thompson for calling attention to the issue and giving us the opportunity to share our advice and impacts on these problems."