Melanie Manion the Natural Resources Manager with Ottawa County Parks and Ali Locher, a Grand Valley State University Natural Resources Management Professor, are both part of the team in West Michigan fighting HWA. Recently they were interviewed by WOOD-TV8’s Rachael Ruiz and featured on the station’s eightWest program at Mulligan’s Hollow in Grand Haven. Mulligan’s Hollow is the first area in Grand Haven to have a confirmed infestation of HWA.
The HWA at Mulligan’s Hollow was found by a park user enjoying a walk in her local park and keeping her eyes on the trees. Because of this local citizen scientist, surveys of surrounding areas and treatment were able to begin right away. We appreciate everyone keeping their eyes open and checking hemlock trees.
Thank you to the Michigan Wildlife Council for coordinating the interview!