CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A cooperative project between the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, is helping to preserve one of the last virgin hemlock forests in the United States.
 
WVDA completed the first year of a cooperative agreement to treat Cathedral State Park for hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a non-native pest that damages and kills hemlock trees by feeding on tree sap. Under the agreement, Bayer will provide its CoreTect insecticide for six years, which the WVDA will apply to approximately one-third of the 133-acre forest every two years.
 
The rarity of this particular stand of timber is the reason the organizations decided to work together.