Help researchers collect data about hemlock restoration!

During the week of Monday, Dec. 4 to Thursday, Dec. 7, our partners with NC State University and the USFS Southern Research Station are looking for a few volunteers to help them out at a research site in the National Forest outside Asheville. Their research is looking at the best conditions for replanting hemlocks for forest restoration. This is a fun opportunity to help with hemlock research which may inform long-term restoration of hemlocks across the East.

The work that day will mostly involve measuring the growth on hemlock seedlings that HRI volunteers and staff helped plant a few years back. The slopes getting into some of the research sites are pretty steep and half the plots have some level of blackberry and briars. If you have questions or concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

The site is only accessible with 4-wheel drive, but there should be room for a few volunteers to ride up in the researcher’s trucks.

They would like to have about four people each day from the 4th through the 7th. If you are interested in helping, please email with your phone number and which days you are available to help. Please also include the name and phone of an emergency contact for the work day.

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is grateful to be able to offer public events in this difficult time. Despite the lifting of restrictions, we acknowledge the risk that COVID-19 continues to pose to members of our community. To maintain the safety of our event participants and staff, we are requiring that all participants follow HRI’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. Anyone not following the guidelines on the day of the event will be asked to leave. Despite taking precautions, we cannot eliminate all risk of exposure and participants will be accepting some level of risk by choosing to attend. Please review the COVID-19 safety guidelines on our website to ensure that you are comfortable following these guidelines. Note: these guidelines may adjust depending on changing guidance from health authorities.