Hemlock trees in western North Carolina are an important and irreplaceable component of our forest ecosystems. These trees have been suffering for over two decades from the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect pest that can kill the tree in as little as four years. However, there is good news for landowners with hemlocks on their property. In the past, chemical treatment has been expensive and usually done by professionals, but new methods are now available that can be done inexpensively by landowners themselves. To introduce landowners and land managers to the various options available to protect their hemlocks, the Hemlock Restoration Initiative is collaborating with NC Cooperative Extension - Buncombe County Center to offer an educational workshop on these treatments.
The workshops will consist of classroom-style presentations and a brief field assessment of hemlocks at the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center. The presentation will provide background and context for the various adelgid treatment options, emphasizing the ecological importance and value of hemlocks in urban and community forests, the biology of HWA and other hemlock pests, and integrated pest management strategies.
Contact: Meghan Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org or 828/255-5522