The Union-Leader has a good story today (read it here) about Manchester Water Works harvesting red pine trees in watershed land it owns because red pine scale is on the way and will probably kill the trees.

Manchester Water Works plans to remove stands of red pine trees across 400 acres over the next five years in response to what Watershed Forester John O’Neil terms the “imminent threat of severe mortality” by the invasive red pine scale insect. The bug is blamed for widespread devastation throughout New England over the last 50 years, and has recently been detected in New Hampshire.

An infestation of red pine scale in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown in 2012 was the first case reported in the Granite State. According to Jen Weimer, forest health specialist with the state’s Division of Forests and Lands, red pine scale has spread to Allenstown, Concord, Chichester, Deerfield, Loudon, Epsom, Pembroke and Portsmouth.

One thing I like about the story: The reporter Paul Feely casually uses “feller buncher” in the lede and doesn’t feel the need to define it. Now that’s a northern New England story.

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