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Maine park infested by hemlock-damaging bugs
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- The Maine Forest Service is looking for help identifying the bugs that are damaging hemlock trees in a southern Maine park.

Volunteers are needed for a survey of hemlock woolly adelgid at Vaughan Woods State Park in South Berwick. Forest entomologist Allison Kanoti says teams are needed to survey the presence of the insects and the number of hemlock trees in the park.

Kanoti says the hemlock woolly adelgid was first detected in the park by a volunteer surveyor last December, and the infestation appears to be in the early stages. Now officials want to know how much of the park's woods are affected.

The park survey is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. this Wednesday. The Forest Service says volunteers are asked to register by 9 a.m., Monday.

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