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Help find healthy hemlocks for restoration project

The Alliance for Threatened Forests at NC State University has developed and will be running a citizen-science program: “The Tiny Terrors project,” a project that needs citizens to identify and report sightings of hemlocks and Fraser firs that are infested with hemlock woolly adelgids or balsam woolly adelgids, but are still healthy and green. If you’re not sure what the woolly adelgids look like, go to http://www.threatenedforests.org/research/photo-gallery/. The photo gallery will also show you what an unhealthy hemlock or fir looks like.

The Alliance needs citizens to find healthy hemlocks and Fraser firs to support research on hemlocks and Fraser firs that are resistant to the insects, which can kill the trees in as little as three years. The Alliance hopes to breed resistant trees to plant, to augment current biocontrol efforts.

If you are an educator in North Carolina or Virginia, please consider having your class/museum/etc. participate in  this project. Please pass this on to anyone you think would be interested. If you have comments or suggestions about the site, please contact project coordinator Erin Mester at tinyterrors2@gmail.com.

You can access the website for the Tiny Terrors project at http://www.threatenedforests.org/tinyterrors/index.html.

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