Have you ever wondered which invasive species might be growing around you? Join staff from HRI and EcoForesters for a guided hike at Sandy Mush Game Lands at a site that has been managed to control several invasive species, including the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. As we hike, we will discuss silviculture, prescribed burning, chemical treatment, and biological control as management strategies for invasive species.

Participants will learn how to identify many different invasive species, plant and insect, and what they can do about them if found on their property. We will discuss the ecology of the invasive species and the habitats they threaten. In addition, during the hike, we will walk past an EcoForesters crew actively treating Asiatic bittersweet. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about the methods they use.

The hike will meet at 10:00 a.m., and participants can expect to return to their vehicles around 2:00 p.m. We will start from the parking area of the Sandy Mush Game Lands near Turkey Creek located along Old State Hwy 20 (Marshall Rd) and hike 1-2 miles. The route will be on moderate terrain with a few strenuous slopes.

For any questions or to register, contact Caroline Lord at outreach@savehemlocksnc.org or 828-252-4783. While the hike is free to attend, your RSVP is required. Please sign up by Monday, May 6th. More information about the meeting location and what to bring will be provided after registering. Please include contact phone number, email address, and emergency contact when you sign up.

Special Note: In case of inclement weather, the back-up hike date is Thursday, May 23rd, 2024.

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.