We have a variety of hemlock treatment volunteer opportunities during the month of December. On our work days, we 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.
Monday and Wednesday, December 5 and 7: Davidson River Campground in Pisgah National Forest. This treatment day will involve re-treating healthy hemlocks around the campground and will be on mostly flat terrain–great for those interested in a less strenuous day.
Tuesday, December 6: DuPont Recreational State Forest. This re-treatment day is being organized in partnership with Friends of Dupont Forest (FoDF) and NC Forest Service staff. Click here to find out more information and sign up for this event. Volunteers will need to be a member of FoDF to participate but can become a member when signing up.
Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9: Holmes Educational State Forest. We will be returning to Holmes to re-treat the hemlocks across this entire small state forest in partnership with the NC Forest Service. This treatment day will have options for easy, moderate, and more strenuous levels of terrain and access.
Saturday, December 17: Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest. This re-treatment day will have options for easier or moderate levels. An added bonus to this volunteer day is that you get to work amongst the old cabins and displays that are part of this important and historic site that was home to the first school of forestry in the United States.