On Friday, December 9, staff from the Hemlock Restoration Initiative will guide an educational hike at Holmes Educational State Forest. This mild, 2-mile hike will happen concurrently with a volunteer treatment day on the same land, allowing hikers to see treatment in action as we travel the forest.
HRI originally treated these hemlocks for hemlock woolly adelgid in 2016, and the hike will take participants past a monitoring plot to discuss methods of evaluating treatment success. Overall, participants can expect to learn about hemlock ecology; the threat of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid; and a variety of different control methods. An educational ranger from NCFS will also join the hike and provide more specific information about Holmes.
The hike will meet at 12:30 pm, and participants can expect to return to their vehicles around 3:30 pm. We will start from the south entrance to the forest, off of the Old CCC Rd. and hike a 2-mile figure-8 loop through the upper portions of the forest’s hemlock conservation area. The route is all on-trail on easy to moderate terrain. There will be a few ascents and descents but not too much elevation gain or loss.
Holmes Educational State Forest is located just north of DuPont State Recreational Forest and about 15 minutes from Brevard, NC.
For any questions or to register, email Ally Melrose at email@example.com or 828-252-4783.