[6/12/05] If you don't read the Watertown Daily
Times or watch Channel 7- WWNY, you don't know about the caterpillar
devastation plaguing the North Country. We at Sylvia Lake, can be proud
that we had the foresight and property owner support to avoid the kind
of infestation that other areas of the North County are experiencing.
Kudos to all of us!!
The Caterpillar Diaries...
[5/9/05] People around the lake are beginning
to see signs of caterpillar activity but leaves are minimal. Jeff Duflo
is aware of activity to our north and to our south. Spraying seems
inevitable. Please contribute. Read the letter
that was sent to all property owners.
[5/10/05] We have raised $1,600.00 in 10 days.
It will cost $6,000.00 to spray our 400 acres. The current balance
in the fund is $4,200.00. Please contribute if you have not already
done so. If you have contributed, thank you. Would you like to send
[5/16/05] The notification signs are up around
the lake. Jeff Duflo will be out of the area the first part of this
week. He has to wait till the leaves are bigger and it's warmer. Lea
Dickson (next year's Association president) and I (as reporter) went
to New Bremenn last Friday. Lea took a cutting from a maple with a
clot of small caterpillars on it. (a little over 1/4 inch in size)
[5/24/05] Jeff Duflo has been up since 3 this
morning studying the weather patterns. He may spray as soon as tomorrow
- the material needs about 5 hours to dry on the leaves and then would
withstand light showers for a few days. The legal notice was in the
Watertown Times yesterday and today.
[5/26/05] Received a call at 7:30 this morning...Jeff
was in the air and on his way. Pretty soon, we heard the plane. This
was IT...or so we thought. The phone rang again. It was Jeff Duflo's
daughter who said, "Dad called from the air. The winds at tree
top level are at 14 mph. He won't spray in those conditions." And
the plane flew off.
[5/27/05]- SPRAYING Got
the call this morning at 6:30... Jeff showed up about 5 minutes later.
(Gotta love cell phones.) Picture taking was dicey, but I did get a
couple of shots which I may post later. But it looked exactly like
last year. Right down to the exact date, one year later. (see below)
Jeff made many passes,
and this year, we could smell the BT solution and even see it on
the cars. I hope the application, along with the natural cycle of the
caterpillars will eliminate the threat so our forest can regain its
[5/29/05] Many folks were at the lake this Memorial
Weekend. And I'm sure they saw the dead caterpillars on the ground.
No pictures are necessary. The wind and weather was cooperative and
we thank Jeff Duflo for his services and for giving us a discount.
If you haven't done so, please send in your contribution. Last I knew,
we had not reached our goal. We did a good thing for our trees to spray.
April 28, 2005
Dear Sylvia Lake Property Owners,
Once again we are calling upon you to help preserve our beautiful
lake. We are addressing simultaneous ecological threats from invasive caterpillars, beavers as
well as aquatic and
The Sylvia Lake Association Board of Directors met
on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, to discuss the health of the lake,
forest and watershed areas. The Association has been actively pursing
remedies to lessen the impact of infestation and invasion. Our aggressive
course of action last year included aerial spraying, increased water
testing, beaver relocation, and milfoil hand harvesting. We are learning
that effective and safe pest management solutions are costly and
difficult to prioritize.
We were hopeful that aerial spraying last year would eliminate the
caterpillar threat. But this year, the Association Board has been
alerted to renewed signs of caterpillar activity. Consequently, the
Board voted to approve sending this letter asking for financial support
for a follow up aerial treatment this spring. The Duflo Aerial Spray
Company has been contacted for scheduling and pricing options. We
have been quoted $6,000.00 for the application. This includes a discount
and assured priority treatment.
If we are to continue our aggressive fight against the caterpillars,
milfoil, beavers and other invasive pests, we must replenish our
pest fund. A complete financial report will be provided at the Spring Association
Meeting: June 17, 2005, Fowler Town Hall, 7:00 PM.
We are hopeful that each property owner can contribute $50.00. (More
would be fantastic.) Property owners will be able to make their contribution
with a credit card, through PayPal, a secure online payment service.
This will soon be available through Sylvia Lake Online on the web at <http://www.sylvialake.org> Watch