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About the Eat Loosestrife project

This blog is a four month chronicle of a project being done in Elkins, West Virginia to raise and release biocontrol agents to control purple loosestrife. The blog details out the process of raising and releasing the agents, as well as invasive species issues and how they can be solved. Raising and rearing Galerucella beetles has turning out to be a fun project that will hopefully have large future impacts on the purple loosestrife populations in West Virginia. Keep an eye out for future blogging on purple loosestrife biocontrol!

This project is being done by an AmeriCorps serving with the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (

“The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area celebrates the central Appalachian forest — its history, culture, natural history, forest management and products. This grassroots partnership works in West Virginia and western Maryland to explore the relationship between the Appalachian highlands forest and the people who live within it.”

This project is associated with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, but this is not an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publication.

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