The Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) is partnering with Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina to host a Save the Hemlocks Volunteer Workday on Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Foothills Possum Rock Preserve. 

Hemlock trees in western North Carolina are an important and irreplaceable component of our forests. Join the staff from HRI and Foothills Conservancy to help preserve them! We will work in groups of 2-4 dispersed over approximately 5 acres. Expect to walk up to 2 miles on uneven and steep terrain. There are no trails, and we’ll be navigating through the woods together. The site also features several habitat improvement projects including: native forest restoration, American Chestnut plantings, streambank repair through live staking, and a small pollinator garden.

On HRI 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, you can use this form. If you have any questions, email Caroline Lord at or call 828-252-4783

More details will be provided about the work day after signing up, NOTE: in case of inclement weather on (1/27/23), we are reserving the day of (2/10/23) as a backup date.