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Hemlock Management Workshop
February 22, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm$10.00
Hemlock trees in western North Carolina are an important and irreplaceable component of our forest ecosystems. These trees have been suffering for over two decades from the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect pest that can kill the tree in as little as four years. However, there is good news for landowners with hemlocks on their property. In the past, chemical treatment has been expensive and usually done by professionals, but new methods are now available that can be done inexpensively by landowners themselves. To introduce landowners and land managers to the various options available to protect their hemlocks, the Hemlock Restoration Initiative is hosting a series of training workshops throughout February, March, and April around western North Carolina.
The workshops will consist of classroom-style presentations and in-the-field practice to give participants the tools to make informed decisions about managing their hemlocks. A presentation will provide background and context for the field portion of the training, emphasizing the ecological importance and value of hemlocks in urban and community forests, the biology of HWA and other hemlock pests, and integrated pest management strategies. We will use the trees present at the workshop site to learn and practice a variety of methods to treat hemlocks available to all landowners in North Carolina. With hands-on practice and additional time in the classroom, we will cover the details of chemical treatment, including how to identify hemlock trees; assess tree health and infestation severity; select, mix, and safely apply products; as well as when to seek help from a tree care professional.
Learn to protect your hemlock trees from the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. The Hemlock Restoration Initiative and North River Farms are hosting a workshop on Feb. 22 that will give you hands-on practice with treatment methods you can use to protect your hemlocks.
Protecting your trees is cheaper and easier than ever before.
Registration is $10 and is requested by Friday, Feb. 7.
See more details and register by visiting: https://savehemlocksnc.org/registration/