Bad economy good news for NJ gypsy moths

April 15, 2009 5:37:57 AM PDT
Money woes are causing some New Jersey towns to drop out of a statewide program to spray for tree-ravaging gypsy moths. The state Agriculture Department is planning to treat 36,000 acres is 68 towns this year. That's a 60 percent drop from last year.

Most of the decline is because 30 towns have decided not to pay the $50 an acre fee.

The Bureau of Plant, Pest and Disease Control chief says communities that are not participating will probably have problems with the invasive caterpillars this year. But he says it's impossible to know now how big the problems will be.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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