SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) - An invasive insect that has destroyed hemlock trees from Georgia through southern New England is spreading in Vermont.
The hemlock woolly adelgid (ah-DEL jid) has been found in Bennington County for the first time.
Until now, the pest had been restricted in Vermont to nine towns in Windham County.
The insect is thought to have spread to Pownal from nearby Massachusetts.
Officials say the warm weather this past winter increased the survival of the pest.
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