a hemlock seed just beginning to sprout

Taking a long term view the HRI partners with scientists, many with ties to North Carolina State University (NCSU). These scientists work to conserve the diverse genetic lineages of North Carolina’s native eastern and Carolina hemlocks, to identify the mechanisms for pest resistance in Asian and western hemlock species and to breed these attributes into native conifers. These projects, and others, are aimed at providing the tools land managers will need to restore hemlock forests that have been devastated by HWA.

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some of the countless hemlock seedlings used for genetic research


Genetic Conservation



Developing HWA-Resistance/Tolerance