Hunt for Invasive Insect Takes Summer Campers to French Creek State Park

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French Creek State Park in northern Chester County was one of the sites in a program that taught summer campers how to find and kill the spotted lanternfly, the invasive insect that has become an enemy to the state’s agriculture industry, writes Michelle Merlin for The Allentown Morning Call.

Hunt for the Spotted Lanternfly was created by Pottstown’s Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos in partnership with other organizations. Around 27 children and their families took part in the week-long program. Participants traveled to different parks every day, including Hopewell Furnace and French Creek State Park.

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The program included hiking, kayaking, and swimming, in addition to lessons on the Asian insect that poses a multibillion-dollar threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.

“We decided we would give the kids some knowledge that they can take back to their friends, to the school, and create stewards of the future,” said Edie Shean-Hammond, a consultant for the involved organizations. “That’s our goal.”

Read more about the Hunt for the Spotted Lanternfly in The Allentown Morning Call here.

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