- The state Department of Natural Resources wants to
dramatically scale back its gypsy moth aerial spray
and individuals have been able to ask the DNR to spray
moth-infested areas for 14 years. But the agency now
wants to limit spraying to only state lands. DNR
officials say private aerial spraying has become more
available and the gypsy moth threat has decreased. They
also say federal cost sharing has shrunk as low as 17
percent of the total expense and they expect it will
continue to dwindle.
officials plan to ask the agency's board at a meeting
next month in Hayward for permission to start drafting
rules to implement the scale-back and hold public
hearings on the idea in December.