Hemlock Restoration Initiative seeks Outreach and Volunteer Engagement Associate

Applications are being accepted for the AmeriCorps Project Conserve HRI Outreach and Volunteer Engagement Associate with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative of WNC Communities.

The 11-month term will run from September 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017 and will be based out of Asheville, NC. Continue reading

Hemlocks are beginning to recover

From the Watauga Democrat

Visitors to the Linville Gorge and other mountain forests have all witnessed the carnage. The gray ghosts of a once thriving hemlock population stipple the steep hillsides, falling victim one by one to the hemlock woolly adelgid.

Biologists, researchers, forest and wildlife advocates have been waging what may look like a losing battle against the invasive insect for more than a decade, but efforts are ongoing and recent successes are spawning renewed optimism.

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Hemlock Initiative in WNC funding projects to deal with adelgids

From Smoky Mountain News

A trio of projects will launch renewed efforts to save the eastern hemlock following awards of $75,000 under the Hemlock Restoration Initiative.

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