Join us on Friday, October 1, 2021 as we lend a hand to our partners at the Forest Restoration Alliance. We will be helping out at the FRA greenhouse and research facility near Waynesville, NC. Activities will likely include washing pots, fertilizing plants in small planters, possibly transplanting, and other greenhouse and nursery tasks. Volunteers will also get a tour of the facility by researcher Ben Smith and learn about their efforts to restore hemlocks.

The FRA is a nonprofit group of researchers who work on selective breeding of our native hemlock and fir species for resistance to the hemlock woolly adelgid that threatens them. FRA is affiliated with NC State University.

Our volunteer work days with the FRA help educate the public about the plight of hemlocks and the work the FRA is doing to save them, as well as lend many hands to the FRA staff on some larger projects.

The work day will be from 10 am to 4 pm at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. We request that volunteers RSVP by emailing, or through calling our office 828-252-4783 by Monday, Sept 27, 2021. More information about the meeting location and what to bring will be provided after registering. Please include contact phone number and email address when you sign up.

To learn more about the Forest Restoration Alliance please visit their website: