Hemlock tree in Holmes Educational State Forest

Volunteers measure a hemlock tree at Holmes Educational State Forest in Hendersonville.

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is looking for volunteers to help with hemlock treatment at Holmes Educational State Forest, a 235-acre state forest, located in Henderson County.

Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 22 and 23.

HRI will be returning to Holmes to re-treat the hemlocks across the entire small state forest in partnership with the N.C. Forest Service. The treatment day will have options for easy, moderate and more strenuous levels of terrain and access.

On work days, the HRI treats hemlocks with insecticide to protect them from hemlock woolly adelgid. Every volunteer will be paired with an experienced, licensed professional who will provide instruction and guidance.

To volunteer, RSVP by Sunday, March 19 by contacting Thom Green at info@savehemlocksnc.org or 828-252-4783. Include a contact phone number and email address. More details will be provided about the work day after signing up, but reach out with questions to the email or phone above.

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