Camp Indian Trails prepares to destroy gypsy moths

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February 24, 2008
— The Boy Scouts have a big gypsy moth problem at Camp Indian Trails.

“They want us to do an aerial spray of about 113 acres of camp this spring,” said Steve Orlovsky, program director.

But for that to happen, the Glacier’s Edge Council Boy Scouts of America needs to come up with $3,622—$32 per acre—by March 19.

Cost is based on an estimate by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, according to a landowner notification letter the council received from the Rock County Land Conservation Department.

A volunteer at the 173-acre camp discovered egg masses and gypsy moths last summer when the Rock County Land Conservation Department was contacted, Orlovsky said.

Samples were taken in September to see if the council qualified for spraying before additional samples and a map were created and submitted for a federal cost-sharing grant, he said.

Although the camp qualified for the aerial spray “there’s such a high gypsy moth concentration out east, we don’t know if we’ll get any money. And if we do, it’ll only be for half the cost,” Orlovsky said.

Orlovsky said the local Boy Scout council received a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart a while ago that was designated specifically for trees at camp. That money will now be used to help pay for the eradication of the gypsy moths.

“If we don’t use the money for the spray, we’re not going to have trees in camp,” he said.

“Gypsy moths on a healthy tree make it one season while a weak tree dies within the first year. With the drought and cicadas, trees already took a beating at camp,” Orlovsky said.

The gypsy moth problem at camp is serious, he said.

One spot had 101 egg masses. Other test sites had 48, 41, 45, 38 and 35 egg masses. Each gypsy moth egg mass contains 600 eggs, Orlovsky said.

“At this point, we have no choice but to do the spraying or the gypsy moths will wipe out the forest at camp and continue to spread at camp and to neighboring properties,’’ he said.

Aerial spraying uses the insecticide Foray, a naturally occurring soil bacterium that kills gypsy moth caterpillars when they eat. Spraying is planned for May when the following 414 acres in Rock County will be sprayed:

-- The north half of Camp Indian Trails from River Road west to the Rock River in Janesville Township.

-- 33.7 acres in Milton Township along John Paul Road.

-- Section 16 of Milton Township, Jacobs Drive from Raven Court to Maverick Court.

-- The Beloit College campus and adjacent properties.

-- 192.6 acres east of the intersection of Shopiere Road at Cranston Road, Beloit, and from the Turtle Creek Condominiums north to Heather Terrace.


The Glacier’s Edge Council Boy Scouts of America needs money to help pay for the gypsy moth aerial spray at its Camp Indian Trails. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Council Service Center, 2300 E. Racine St., Janesville, WI 53545.

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