Join the Hemlock Restoration Initiative on Wednesday, March 14th when we speak at the monthly meeting of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society.  HRI staff will be presenting about the ecological importance of hemlocks in Western North Carolina, the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) that is threatening them, what is being done to combat this pest, and what land owners can do to manage trees on their properties.  The meeting is free and opening to the public.  It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at in Boone, NC.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting takes place from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Blue Ridge Chapter is one of the newest chapters of the North Carolina Native Plant Society, getting its start in 2015.  The NC Native Plant Society promotes the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina’s native plants and their habitats through education, protection, propagation, and advocacy. The Blue Ridge Chapter hosts events throughout the year including speakers and outings. Find out more on their website:  ncwildflower.org/about/chapters/blue_ridge.