Hemlock trees are a keystone species in New England’s forests, making their presence critical to sustaining healthy ecosystems. In the U.S. they are being threatened by a tiny, invasive pest called the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid which is thriving in increasingly warm winters. In Connecticut, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, the Local Motives team, met with Carole Cheah from the Connecticut Ag Experimental Station to find out more. Check out what they learned in this video:

The tiny white specs pictured on the tree limb is the invasive insect, hemlock woolly adelgid. The adelgid, which feeds on the sap of hemlock trees, prefers the nutritious new growth of young limbs. (Photo: Courtesy of Cody Pfister)

Every few weeks, Yale Climate Connections will share a new video from Local Motives. This “On the Road” video web series showcases local perspectives on the challenges and solutions associated with climate change. It is the production of two friends, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveling across the 50 states seeking to establish an authentic conversation about the impacts of climate change. 

Samantha Harrington

Samantha Harrington, Associate Editor of Yale Climate Connections, is a journalist and graphic designer, with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. "Sam" is especially interested in sharing...