What HRI is doing
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With the support of county funding and partnering non-profits, the HRI has established local insectaries where predator beetles can breed and become established, to later be collected and re-distributed. These insectaries will increase the number of HWA predators present in southern Appalachian forests and reduce dependence on resource intensive procurement methods, like wild collection or lab production.
Learn about the “Beetles Save Needles” program and community trainings hosted by the Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development Council, an HRI partner and award recipient, here. The agenda and speaker list for the NC HWA Bio-control Forum, held in Montreat, NC on February 24-25, 2016 can be found here. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for videos of the presentations.
In the May 2015 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 5,000 Laricobius nigrinus beetles to be released on remaining high quality hemlock stands on public and municipally held lands that provide benefit to the county as a whole. Follow the county’s hemlock preservation project here.