The Grandfather Mountain area in Linville is home to some of North Carolina’s remaining intact hemlock habitat.  Join HRI and the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation (GMSF) as we visit some of the hemlocks on their protected piece of the mountaintop.  While taking in the natural beauty of MacRae Meadows, we will learn about the role of hemlocks in the ecosystem and the threats they face. The Natural Resource Management Specialist from GMSF, John Caveny, will share what they have done to protect hemlocks and how their efforts fit into the larger landscape of hemlock restoration in the area. We will also discuss the extensive use of  biological controls which has occurred over the past two decades in the High Country and how it, along with a suite of other tools, is contributing to an integrated pest management strategy we hope will help maintain hemlock health and sustain their ecosystem services well into the future.

Following the informational walk around MacRae Meadows, we will lead an optional 2-mile round-trip hike along the Black Rock Trail to the Grandmother Mountain viewpoint. The Black Rock Trail is rocky and somewhat rugged with a slight elevation gain. The event will start at 10 am and end before 4 pm. More information about the meeting location and what to bring will be provided after registering.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to volunteer@savehemlocks.org or 828-252-4783 by Friday, November 8th to reserve a spot.