The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is partnering with Trout Unlimited to host a Hemlock Treatment Volunteer Workday on Wednesday, April from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cove Creek Group Campground in Pisgah National Forest near the Setzer State Fish Hatchery.

Hemlock trees in Western North Carolina are an important and irreplaceable component of our forests. These trees have been suffering for over two decades from hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect that can kill the tree in as little as four years. Come help us treat hemlocks in this beautiful area!

On HRI chemical treatment workdays, volunteers treat hemlocks with insecticide to protect them from hemlock woolly adelgid. Every volunteer will be paired with an experienced, licensed professional who will provide instruction and guidance. Read more about this kind of work day here.

This volunteer day will involve re-treating healthy hemlocks around the campground and surrounding area. The terrain in the area we will be working varies from flat and easy to access in the camping area and more strenuous terrain beyond.

In case we need to reschedule, we are holding Tuesday, May 7 as a back up date.

To sign up, please email Caroline Lord at or (828) 252-4783. Please include your phone number and email address when you sign up in addition to the name and number of an emergency contact person. More details will be provided about the work day after signing up, but feel free to reach out with questions to the email or phone above.