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The Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is a hugely important tree species upon which entire ecosystems depend. Eastern Hemlocks provide stream habitat for trout, create habitat for countless native plant and animal species, and enhance any outdoor recreation experience. Unfortunately, these majestic trees are under attack from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), an invasive, aphid-like insect.

Slowing the spread of HWA is one of the best ways we can help preserve our hemlock forests. The early detection of emerging infestations is a great way to do this, but we need volunteers like you to help!

Join WNY PRISM, Erie County, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County to learn how to identify, survey for and report HWA, and then adopt a park, trail or stream to survey this winter!

Saturday, February 11; 10 AM – 12 PM
This event will feature an indoor training where you’ll learn about the ecological importance of hemlock trees and the threat by HWA, how to use the iMapInvasives app and winter safety tips. Then we will head outdoors to demonstrate and practice how to identify hemlocks, look for HWA infestations and make reports to iMapInvasives. Meet at the Chestnut Ridge Ranger Station, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park 14127. Travel directions will be sent to registrants.

Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and wear warm, sturdy footwear.

Advanced registration is required to attend the training and attendance is limited to 15 people. Please register here.

Please note that there is an inclement weather date scheduled for Sunday, February 12; 10 AM – 12 PM. Registrants will be notified in advance of any changes via email.