Join HRI on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this volunteer hemlock treatment day at the historic Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National Forest. This re-treatment day will have options for easier or moderate levels. An added bonus to this volunteer day is that you get to work amongst the old cabins and displays that are part of this important and historic site that was home to the first school of forestry in the United States.

On our work days, we treat hemlocks with insecticide to protect them from hemlock woolly adelgid. Every volunteer will be paired with an experienced, licensed professional who will provide instruction and guidance. Read more about this kind of work day here.

If you’d like to volunteer, please RSVP by contacting Thom Green at or (828)-252-4783. Please include a contact phone number and email address when you sign up. More details will be provided about the work day after signing up, but feel free to reach out with questions to the email or phone above.

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is grateful to be able to offer educational programs 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 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.