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A response to “Media representation of hemlock woolly adelgid management risks: a case study of science communication and invasive species control,” published in biological invasions online on September 18, 2018

  • Scott M. SalomEmail author
  • Gina Davis
  • Joseph Elkinton
  • Jeremiah Foley
  • Nathan Havill
  • Carrie Jubb
  • Albert Mayfield
  • Tom McAvoy
  • Rusty Rhea
  • R. Talbot TrotterIII
  • Mark Whitmore
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Introduction

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), Adelges tsugae (Annand), has become one of the most important and impactful non-native forest insect pests in eastern North America (Foster et al. 2014). Over the past 30 years, the decline of hemlock trees has generated a passionate and energized response by landowners, public and private land managers, and the general public, leading to federal, state, and grass-roots efforts and support to help fight this invader. The management effort for HWA has been covered repeatedly in the popular media, especially when the pest and its impact have spread into new locations. Leppanen et al. (2018) evaluated the popular media’s coverage of the invasion, with an emphasis on how the media treated the effectiveness and potential non-target impacts of management options. The authors conducted a Google search that identified 674 potential articles, of which 104 were used in an analysis of media reporting. The authors coded the popular media articles...

Keywords

Biological control Non-target impacts Risks Media reporting Adelgidae Derodontidae 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EntomologyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Forest Health Protection, Northern and Intermountain RegionsUSDA Forest ServiceCoeur d’AleneUSA
  3. 3.Department of Environmental ConservationUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  4. 4.Northern Research StationUSDA Forest ServiceHamdenUSA
  5. 5.RWU 4552 Insects, Diseases and Invasive Plants, Southern Research StationUSDA Forest ServiceAshevilleUSA
  6. 6.Forest Health Protection, Southern RegionUSDA Forest ServiceAshevilleUSA
  7. 7.Department of Natural ResourcesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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