The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it will begin treating a popular Schenectady County nature preserve for an invasive pest.
DEC officials said Thursday that they will begin pesticide treatments in the Plotter Kill preserve to combat the spread of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid.
The non-native pest poses a threat to native hemlock trees across the region.
The preserve will be closed from October 23rd to 25th as work begins, weather permitting.
DEC says the chemicals used to manage the pests will not negatively impact human health or the environment.