January 5, 2015

(TRENTON, NJ) ― The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will hold a public meeting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the Health and Agriculture Building in Trenton to allow members of the public to raise issues and concerns relating to the gypsy moth aerial spray program proposed for spring of 2015.

The purpose of the spray program is to suppress the populations of the gypsy moth and reduce defoliation and subsequent tree loss caused by the caterpillars. Recently completed egg mass surveys, conducted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, show that 498 acres in Morris, Passaic and Hunterdon counties qualify for the spray program. There has been no spray program in New Jersey since 2011 when 274 acres in two Camden County towns were treated.

The public meeting is an integral part of an environmental analysis of the proposed project. The session will include a presentation outlining the scope of the proposed 2015 treatment. The public will be given the opportunity to present oral comments pertaining to new issues and information regarding the proposed aerial suppression program. Written comments also will be accepted.

The gypsy moth informational session will be held 9 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the Health and Agriculture Building, John Fitch Plaza, 369 South Warren Street, First Floor Board Room Trenton, NJ.

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