The devastation was palpable ...

RICHMOND — The worst of the gypsy moth infestation may be over, but several years of defoliation, combined with other environmental factors, have devastated large swaths of oak forest in Rhode Island.

 The Rhode Island Forest Conservators’ Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to the wise use and protection of the state’s forests, led a tour Thursday evening of one of the areas hardest hit by insect pests: the state-owned Hillsdale Preserve, formerly known as the DeCoppett estate, in Richmond. Click here to read the full article in the Westerly Sun

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