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While we were dealing with the COVID crisis, other critical situations at Tyler have been mounting. The pandemic is not over, but we MUST broaden our focus to combat the invasive plants, pests, and storm damage that endanger this beloved place.

Can you help protect Tyler against tough and pervasive threats, like the spotted lanternfly? Your donation will go to use right away as we fight back against this destructive invader and other threats to Tyler.

Join the fight now with your donation!

Countless spotted lanternfly eggs have now hatched across the region. This damaging pest can devastate Tyler Arboretum if left unchecked. We must get to work NOW to stem the tide.

Sadly, there is no time to spare. If we don’t act now, the spotted lanternfly population at Tyler will surge. Your gift now can help protect this beautiful place you know and love. You can make a difference!

The spotted lanternfly is making headlines, and for terrible reasons! State and federal agencies have sounded the alarm as the insect has wreaked havoc in Pennsylvania and eight other states. To combat this, they’ve enforced quarantines and are educating people about the pest. Yet, it has continued to spread.

As time has passed, the spotted lanternfly has slowly infiltrated Tyler.  Now it is hurting our trees and upending our ecosystems. With your help, we can take important steps to get this pest under control. You can make a difference with your donation today.

I am so thankful that you are part of the Tyler community. Your support makes it possible to care for Tyler’s 650 acres of green space. Can you show your support today by making an Annual Fund donation? When you do, you’ll be taking a stand to protect this special place you know and love so much.

Without constant effort – year in and year out – destructive invaders like the spotted lanternfly would run rampant at Tyler. But with you on our side, we can fight back against the onslaught of environmental threats that endanger our treasured gardens and natural areas. Please take a moment now to make your donation.

The spotted lanternfly damages trees by causing it to lose sap from stems and leaves. This reduces photosynthesis, making the tree weak. But these insects also cause a different kind of nuisance.

The excrement produced by this pest is a sticky, gooey mess nicknamed “honeydew.” When the spotted lanternfly is very populous, honeydew rains down from the trees. Imagine walking through a shower of excrement! This sugary film gets on everything. It causes mold to grow and attracts hordes of yellow jackets and wasps.

We don’t want this insect and its destructive droppings to make Tyler an undesirable place to be. Can you help keep Tyler’s ecosystems in check with your donation today?

The spotted lanternfly is not adept at flying. But it’s great at hitchhiking, camouflage, and survival. This is evident in the way it lays its eggs. An egg mass contains 30 to 50 eggs and looks like unevenly spread mortar. A mass can attach to and blend in to almost any surface. Trees, signs, fences, trash cans, benches. If it’s outdoors, it is a potential site for spotted lanternfly eggs. And a female lays up to three egg masses a year! It’s important to destroy as many egg masses as possible before they hatch.

We also need to control the adult pests too. For this we focus on the spotted lanternfly’s favorite tree… the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima). This invasive tree is widespread in our region. Spotted lanternflies love to crawl up its trunk early in the day and then back down later in the evening. This means we can effectively use sticky bands around the base of these trees to trap these insects.

But to really control this dangerous pest, we must cut down on the number of Ailanthus trees at Tyler. We’ll be working to remove the female trees so this species cannot spread further. We will also turn some of the male trees into “trap trees.” These attract and kill adult spotted lanternflies.

As you can see, we have strategies in place to attack this problem from multiple angles. But all this work takes resources. Your donation today will help us tackle this important project and others like it. The fate of our ecosystems is at stake!

What would it look like if we allowed this invasive pest to get out of control? Well, it wouldn’t be pleasant.

Imagine that you’re taking a peaceful walk through Tyler. You’re enjoying the fresh air when out of the corner of your eye you see something strange. Thousands – yes, thousands! – of spotted lanternflies are swarming a single tree.

As you get closer, your shoes start sticking to the ground and you’re inundated with yellow jackets and wasps. Then you walk into what seems like a sudden rain shower. But this is excrement raining down on you! Even as you pass the tree, spotted lanternflies are hopping about everywhere you look. This is not the peaceful walk you imagined it would be!

Unfortunately, this awful scenario is already the reality in some parts of Pennsylvania. Help us save Tyler Arboretum from a similar fate. Your donation today will help keep pest populations in check before it’s too late.

I know nature is important to you. And like all things in life, balance is key. We MUST protect the delicate balance of our ecosystems. It is very costly if we don’t.

According to a study by Penn State University, the spotted lanternfly costs the Pennsylvania economy around $50 million a year. And it eliminates almost 500 jobs a year. You can help turn the tide on this destructive insect by helping on your home turf – Tyler Arboretum.

As unfortunate as this situation is, I can’t help but see a silver lining. It is always so heartening to see the Tyler community come together for a common cause. I think back to the winter storm damage we experienced in 2018. I was amazed to see how many Tyler donors came through to support our clean-up efforts when we needed you.

And as we endure this global pandemic, I am heartened again to see how much you care for Tyler. Over the past year, we have all been reminded of how important it is to spend time in nature. With your help, this place of peace and natural wonder will remain healthy for your children and grandchildren. The time to act is NOW.

Taking control of the spotted lanternfly population may not be glamorous, but it’s a responsibility I take very seriously. I’m glad I can rely on you to join the fight with your donation today.

Thank you for taking action to protect Tyler with your donation. Together, we can make a difference!

For the love of Tyler,

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Mike Karkowski
Director of Horticulture

P.S.   Your help is needed NOW. Can you make a donation to help protect Tyler against tough and pervasive threats, like the spotted lanternfly? Your Annual Fund gift will go to use right away as we fight back against this destructive invader and other dangers to our ecosystem.

P.P.S. Do you have questions about the spotted lanternfly? Are you wondering how to manage spotted lanternflies on your own property? PennState Extension is the best resource for information about how to report, identify, and manage this pest. Visit their FAQ page to learn more. They also recently posted a great article about how to build your own circle trap. Check it out here!

Report: Potential Economic Impact of the Spotted Lanternfly on Agriculture and Forestry in Pennsylvania by Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., William Stone, DBA, Timothy W. Kelsey, Ph.D., and Lynn F. Kime, Pennsylvania State University, December 2019