Invasive Insect Trap Monitor | Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Want to protect rare pine communities? Help us find a new forest pest, the Southern Pine Beetle. We have limited opportunities for volunteers to adopt a trap to check at local parks.


The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive insect native to parts of Asia that enjoys munching on grapes, hops, and other fruit bearing plants, which poses a great threat to both our forests and local farmers! While they haven't been found in our region, infestations have been seen in neighboring Pennsylvania.

The training course offered will teach trap monitors about the ecological threat of invasive insects, how to identify Spotted Lanternfly, how to identify their host tree tree-of-heaven, how to put up the traps and trap check procedures.

Each volunteer will be assigned a general area to put traps and will be selecting their own individual sites for the traps. Monitors will check their trap(s) every two weeks throughout the summer. Volunteers will be provided with supplies needed. Easy and appropriate for kids!

Time Commitment: 
Trap check every 2 weeks for the season.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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