Join HRI on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this volunteer hemlock treatment day at Richland Creek Farm. 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 along the beautiful, scenic West Fork of the French Broad River. Refreshments will be served at the end of the work day.

Richland Creek Farm is part of a large property completely protected by conservation easements and owned by the Richland Trust, a small, local land trust created to manage this important conservation area.

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. Space is limited to sign up early. 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 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.