Come out this fall and become a member of the Paddlers Hemlock Health Action Taskforce (PHHAT).

This collaboration between the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, American Whitewater, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and MountainTrue’s Green Riverkeeper utilizes paddlers of all experience levels to treat trees along the Green River.  By following a custom protocol to ensure safety and protect water quality, this group has enabled us to chemically protect many trees that can be accessed from the river and would likely not be otherwise treated due to the difficulty of accessing them by land.

We have several days listed below where you can use your paddling skills to help protect hemlocks.  Each day will go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Lower Green days require little to no experience, Upper Green days require on Class III whitewater, and Narrows days require expert level experience due to the difficulty of the rapids and associated risks encountered in that section of the river.  A limited number of boats and gear are available for the Lower Green days on a first come, first served basis.

NOTE: Paddlers will be getting out of their boats and climbing up the river bank to reach the base of the trees where they will perform the treatments. Sometimes repeatedly. Terrain varies from flat to moderately steep.

Please sign up ahead of time. Click on each date to sign up on the MountainTrue website.

To learn more about the PHHAT team, visit