The Hemlock Restoration Initiative invites you to participate in a fun and interesting volunteer workday with our partner the Forest Restoration Alliance (FRA). The FRA takes a long term view of hemlock restoration by working on selection and breeding for pest resistance in hemlocks and other native conifers. As you might imagine this work takes many years to accomplish, so every volunteer day helps sustain this long-term effort.
We will be helping the Forest Restoration Alliance at their research facility near Waynesville. The work days may involve tree care in the greenhouse (such as fertilizing), cleaning up in and around their green houses, and contributing to the completion of their newly-restored indoor facility.
And there are no pesticides involved! This is a great opportunity to get involved in hemlock conservation without handling insecticides and to learn more about the scientific process of restoring our threatened tree species.
Day: Thursday, Nov. 16
Volunteers will meet at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. The FRA office is at 265 Test Farm Rd., Waynesville, NC 28786
The workday will start at 10 am
and lasts until 3
or 4 pm
, but folks can head out earlier, as needed. Please let me know if you plan to leave early so we can plan the work day accordingly.
What to bring:
Please wear clothes comfortable for gardening and the outdoors and closed toed shoes, and bring water and a lunch.
If you plan to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP to by Nov. 10 for the Nov. 16 work day with a contact number for the morning of the work day. If you are bringing other volunteers beside yourself, also please include the number of people in your group.