Stories detailing the efforts of the Paddlers Hemlock Health Action Taskforce, or P.H.H.A.T., have been featured in the media lately.
This collaboration between the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, American Whitewater, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and MountainTrue, utilizes expert paddlers to treat trees along the Green River. By following a custom protocol to ensure safety and protect water quality, this group has enabled us to chemically protect many trees that can be accessed from the river and would likely not be otherwise treated due to the difficulty of accessing them by land.
Buchanan’s story can be found on the Paddling Life website, and Lacey’s story can be found on the Hendersonville Times-News website. We at HRI extend a huge thank you to both authors for bringing attention to this hardworking group of volunteers and their important effort.
See paddlersforhemlocks.com to learn more about the P.H.H.A.T. Green River project.