Collected hemlock pollen



Camcore is a non-profit, international tree breeding organization based at NCSU. Its work focuses on maintaining a broad genetic base of tree species, many of which are especially suited to plantation forestry as well as several threatened conifers native to the southern US, including the eastern and Carolina hemlock.

Sprouted seedlings ready to be planted


A major emphasis for the group is the establishment of ex situ (off site) plantings of tree species and populations. For hemlock, plantations are located in South America where HWA is not present. These established plantings will go far towards ensuring that the genetic resources of North Carolina’s two native hemlock species will be preserved.

Read more about Camcore’s work on their website, and read about recent plantings of new seed orchards here.