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The eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is a hugely important tree species upon which entire ecosystems depend. Unfortunately, these majestic trees and the numerous benefits they provide are threatened by 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. Early detection of emerging infestations is a great way to do this, but we need volunteers like you to help!

Join WNY PRISM in partnership with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to learn how to identify, survey for and report HWA, and then adopt a location to survey this winter!

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Volunteer Survey Training: Saturday, January 20; 10 AM – Noon

This event will be held at Knox Farm State Park. It 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, winter safety tips and more! You will get an opportunity to adopt a location to survey this winter and then we will head outdoors to demonstrate and practice how to identify hemlocks, look for HWA infestations and make reports to iMapInvasives.

Registration is strongly encouraged to ensure you receive important event details and updates. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear warm, sturdy footwear. Directions to the Mansion at Knox Farm will be emailed to registrants one week prior to the event date. Please note that there is an inclement weather date scheduled for Saturday, January 27; 10 AM – Noon. Registrants will be notified in advance of any changes via email.

If you know someone who might be interested in participating, please feel free to share our 2024 HWA Training Flyer.