Eastern Hemlock

Eastern Hemlock

The objective of the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) is to restore eastern and Carolina hemlocks to their native habitats throughout North Carolina and to mitigate damage to hemlocks caused by infestation of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA).  More specifically, our goal is to work with a variety of partners and current restoration initiatives to ensure that eastern and Carolina hemlocks can resist the deadly hemlock woolly adelgid and survive to maturity on North Carolina’s public and private lands.

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is currently managed by WNC Communities, a non-profit organization focused on supporting community development and agriculture initiatives across Western North Carolina. Visit WNCCommunities.org for more details.

One of the main goals of HRI is to develop and implement strategic plan for hemlock restoration in North Carolina. This involves:

Visit our Get Involved page to learn how you can help

Read our past newsletters

Our Partners in Protecting Hemlocks

Federal Partners
USDA Forest Service
Forest Health Protection*
Southern Research Station
National Forests
National Park Service

State Partners
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
NC Forest Service*
Plant Industry Division–Beneficial Insect Lab
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
NC State Parks
NC Cooperative Extension Service
NC Policy Collaboratory*

Local Government Partners
Buncombe County*
Montreat Landcare Committee
Town of Montreat
Transylvania County
Transylvania Natural Resources Council

Non-profit Partners
American Whitewater
Blue Ridge Conservancy
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Blue Ridge Resource Conservation & Development Council
Christmount Conference Center
Conserving Carolina
Forest Restoration Alliance
Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust
Mainspring Conservation Trust
Southeast Regional Land Conservancy
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Southwestern NC Resource Conservation & Development Council
The Manton Foundation*
The Nature Conservancy
The North Carolina Arboretum
The North Carolina SFI State Implementation Committee*

Universities and Colleges
Montreat College
McDowell Technical Community College
University of North Carolina–Asheville
University of Tennessee–Knoxville
Virginia Tech
Warren Wilson College
Western Carolina University

*Current or past funders of HRI