WAYNESVILLE — Go behind-the-scenes in the fight to save hemlocks at greenhouse facility in Haywood County where adelgid-resistant hemlocks are being bred experimentally.
A volunteer workday at the greenhouse will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 11, in partnership with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative and Forest Restoration Alliance.
Giant hemlocks, an anchor of the Southern Appalachian forest, are being lost to the fatal wooly adelgid insect. Some are being saved by treatment, but a long-term solution to find a resistant variety is underway, with one of the research facilities located in Haywood County.
Volunteers will work in the greenhouse to help inventory and transplant saplings, as well as some other maintenance tasks. Volunteers also will get a tour of the facility by researcher Ben Smith and learn about the efforts to restore hemlocks.
To volunteer, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.