Learn to treat your hemlocks! The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is partnering with the City of Asheville to host a demonstration of chemical treatment methods to control hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 9 a.m. to noon at Montford Park in Asheville.

Hemlock trees in western North Carolina are an important and irreplaceable component of our forests. These trees have been suffering for over two decades from HWA, an invasive insect that can kill the tree in as little as four years. However, hemlock management is simpler and less expensive than ever before.

We will use the trees on-site to practice assessing hemlock health to determine the best treatment options. HRI staff will demonstrate the HWA chemical treatment methods used on national forest and state lands. These methods are available to all private landowners in North Carolina without obtaining a license or certification. We will also discuss applicator and environmental safety, special considerations, and guidance for hiring a tree care professional. This demonstration will be useful for landowners, natural resource managers, and tree care professionals.

NC pesticide applicators can receive 3 credits in categories G, L, N, D, or X. ISA CEUs are pending approval.

The event is free to attend but registration is required. Please sign up using this form by June 16. Email info@savehemlocksnc.org or call 828-252-4783 with questions about the event.