This winter HRI will be re-treating hemlocks at a few sites in Pisgah National Forest. These particular areas are loaded with hemlocks that are in beautiful shape thanks to early treatment by the USDA Forest Service. They are also great sites to work in because the trees are easy to get to, the terrain is gentle, and the trees are plentiful, so we could use some extra hands to get them all re-treated and keep these hemlocks looking good. These volunteer days are also a great way to learn how to treat your own hemlocks.

We have the following dates scheduled:

Wednesday, February 9, 2022: Pink Beds Picnic Area (next to the Cradle of Forestry outside Brevard)

Friday, March 11, 2022: North Mills River Campground (west of the town of Mills River)

To sign up for any of these days or for questions, email or call 828-252-4783. Please include a phone number, email address, and the names of volunteers coming. Additional details will be provided after signing up.

We are so grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers who make these fun workdays possible and we are really looking forward to meeting some new folks as we protect our native hemlocks and appreciate the wonder of our dynamic forests!

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.