Let’s Save Some Hemlocks!
Kentucky Heartwood is hosting a very special volunteer day on Saturday, June 25, where we will help the Forest Service and Kentucky Division of Forestry treat hemlock trees against hemlock wooly adelgid in Rock Creek Research Natural Area, one of Kentucky’s best old-growth forests. Volunteers will measure and tag trees to prepare them for treatments (volunteers will not be handling any chemicals).
Access to Rock Creek RNA is somewhat strenuous, and while we will not cover a lot of distance, passage through the forest requires scrambling through dense rhododendron thickets, across creeks, and traversing steep and awkward terrain. The payoff is seeing some of the oldest trees in Kentucky, and helping to save them from otherwise imminent mortality. Other hazards include ticks, chiggers, copperheads, and poison ivy. It’s summer in Kentucky!
Attendance is limited to 8 volunteers. You must RSVP to attend. (And please do not RSVP unless you are certain that you will attend). We will meet in London at 10 am on Saturday (location provided upon RSVP) and return to London by 6 pm. Carpooling from Berea may also be arranged. Attendees are required to sign a waiver.
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The hemlock wooly adelgid (HWA) is a tiny, invasive insect that is killing off hemlocks throughout the eastern U.S., and is rapidly spreading throughout Kentucky and the Daniel Boone National Forest. In order to save some of our hemlock forests, the U.S. Forest Service and Kentucky Division of Forestry are working cooperatively to treat selected hemlock stands through soil injections of imidacloprid – the only effective defense currently at our disposal to save these trees from likely extinction. You can read more about HWA and hemlocks in our Winter 2014 newsletter.
Kentucky’s hemlocks need our help, and we hope that you can join us for a day the woods working to save these majestic trees.
You can RSVP via Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 334-0602 for more information and to let us know if you plan on attending.