Red pine scale, a small, non-native insect, was found on City of Northampton watershed property in 2014. Unfortunately, once found, this scale can cause complete mortality of affected trees within a couple of years.
From 2014 to 2016, many affected trees were harvested on watershed land. Remaining infested trees in the Roberts Meadow watershed system are slated for harvest in 2017-18 as part of the "Maple Project." This project aims to remove the infested trees, while preserving the healthy maple trees that have grown in among the red pines. Please check back for updates on the progress of this project.