Volunteer to help hemlock researchers

Where:Pisgah National Forest, outside Asheville

Our partners with NC State University and the USFS Southern Research Station are looking for a few volunteers to help them collect data for research about the best conditions for replanting hemlocks. This is a fun opportunity to help with hemlock research which may inform long-term restoration of hemlocks across the East.

They will be starting the data collection on Monday, Dec. 4 and continuing through Dec. 7 or until the work is finished, whichever comes first.


Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023: Hemlock Hike at Holmes Educational State Forest

Where:Holmes Educational State Forest, Henderson County, NC

Join the HRI staff on Saturday, December 9th on an educational hike at Holmes Educational State Forest! Learn about hemlock ecology, the threat of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, and a variety of different control methods being used on both state and national forests in NC, as well as on other public and private lands across the range of eastern hemlock.


Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023: Volunteer Work Day with the Forest Restoration Alliance

Where:Forest Restoration Alliance, Waynesville, NC

Join us on Tuesday, December 12th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as we lend a hand to our partners at the Forest Restoration Alliance (FRA). Instead of chemically treating hemlock trees, volunteers will be combating hemlock woolly adelgid by supporting the work of the FRA at their research facility in Waynesville, where they are breeding HWA-resistant hemlock trees.


Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024: Walnut Creek Preserve Speaker Series – Hope for the Hemlocks

Where:Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve

Join Olivia and Thom from the Hemlock Restoration Initiative to learn about hemlock ecology, woolly adelgid biology, what is being done to help, and management strategies to take care of hemlocks on your own land.