- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Agriculture plans to treat more than 900 acres in Hardy County to protect forests from gypsy moths.

The department says the aerial treatment would be conducted in early to mid-May. The timing would depend on the gypsy moth’s state of development and weather conditions.

Public comment is being sought on the areas proposed for treatment. The department says in a news release that it will use public input to identify any significant issues and to develop alternatives.

Maps with specific locations to be treated are available from the Plant Industries Division.

Written comments should be submitted no later than April 15 to Quentin “Butch” Sayers, Assistant Director, P.O. Box 9, New Creek, WV 26743. Comments also can be sent by e-mail to qsayers@wvda.us.

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