Join the Hemlock Restoration Initiative and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) on Saturday, Dec. 15 for a hike to explore some beautiful stands of Carolina and eastern Hemlocks in the Fairview Farming Community, where SAHC has helped protect over 1,300 acres of forest and historic farmland. We will discuss hemlock ecosystems, the hemlock woolly adelgid, and current options and efforts to control the adelgid.

We will hike up Conserving Carolina’s Trombatore Trail and visit several SAHC protected properties, giving hikers a chance to learn about our land protection work in the area. We will complete the hike at a large stand of hemlocks near our Strawberry Gap conservation easement, where we will discuss the hemlock woolly adelgid and mitigation techniques. We will be rewarded with scenic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Mount Mitchell from Blue Ridge Pastures!

This hike is free for all participants, but pre-registration is required. Sign up on SAHC’s website at, and let us know if you will be attending on Facebook!