On Tuesday, February 5th, the Hemlock Restoration Initiative and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) led a hike to explore some beautiful stands of Carolina and eastern Hemlocks in the Fairview Farming Community, where SAHC has helped protect over 1,300 acres of forest and historic farmland. We discussed hemlock ecosystems, the hemlock woolly adelgid, and current options and efforts to control the adelgid. We hiked up Conserving Carolina’s Trombatore Trail and visit several SAHC protected properties, giving hikers a chance to learn about our land protection work in the area.

This hike was a part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville.