Portions of the Ludlow Reservoir are closed for tree harvesting due to damage from gypsy moth infestations. Visitors are not allowed on any trails or in the forest past the 2-mile marker on the paved recreation trail.
Jaimye Bartark Communications Manager Springfield Water and Sewer Commission told 22News, “There will definitely be some disappointed visitors who like to go beyond the 2-mile mark but it is necessary for us to do this closure in the interest of safety because there will be equipment and trucks associated with the tree harvesting activities.”
The Gypsy moth caterpillars infestations have killed dozens of trees all along the walking path and around the water at Ludlow Reservoir.
The tree harvesting is guided by forest management. Trees being removed were identified and marked by a Massachusetts licensed forester. Although the Ludlow Reservoir is a popular place, some visitors don’t mind a portion of the trails being closed. “I’m sure what they are doing is necessary we just happened to ask an officer one time on our way out he told us and we said that’s good so I’ll make do, go as far as I can,” said Debbie Landry.
Not all trees affected by Gypsy moth caterpillars will be removed. The closure is in effect until further notice. But, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission expects the closure to be several weeks to several months into the summer.