Join us on Monday, March 18th 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.

Volunteers will help with tasks in their greenhouse and nursery to help with their selective breeding program. Volunteers will also get a tour of the facility by researcher Ben Smith and learn about their efforts to restore hemlocks. This is a great opportunity to help hemlocks without handling insecticide.

We request that volunteers RSVP by emailing Caroline Lord, or through calling our office at 828-252-4783 by Wednesday, March 13th. These volunteer days fill up quickly, so it’s a good idea to sign up soon to ensure your spot.

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.

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is grateful to be able to offer public events in this difficult time. Despite the lifting of restrictions, we acknowledge the risk that COVID-19 continues to pose to members of our community. To maintain the safety of our event participants and staff, we are requiring that all participants follow HRI’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. Anyone not following the guidelines on the day of the event will be asked to leave. Despite taking precautions, we cannot eliminate all risk of exposure and participants will be accepting some level of risk by choosing to attend. Please review the COVID-19 safety guidelines on our website to ensure that you are comfortable following these guidelines. Note: these guidelines may adjust depending on changing guidance from health authorities.