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Partnership Work Day with HRI

Former AmeriCorps member Logan Dye participated in a volunteer work day sponsored by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) at the Chestnut Mountain Nature Park, treating native hemlock trees to protect them from the hemlock wooly adelgid.

“It was fun to see my colleagues from HRI,” says Logan. “I think my favorite thing about having done a term of AmeriCorps service with HRI is that hemlocks have been my favorite trees since childhood, and it was exciting to be able to work to protect a species that I particularly love. Serving with HRI was my first experience out of undergrad and definitely helped develop my path in the environmental field. The experience helped set me up for the position with SAHC.” Read more

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Power of Partnerships with HRI

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Power of Partnerships, with Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Wednesday, February 2 at 12 noon
FREE and open to the public

Through our various partnerships we can build stronger communities and create more sustainable solutions in our conservation work. Join us for this free virtual program to learn more about our partnership with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative and how we are working together to save hemlocks in the Southern Appalachians. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how they can help their communities save hemlock forests that are currently being threatened by the hemlock woolly adelgid.

Presented by SAHC Project Conserve AmeriCorps Stewardship & Volunteer Members Stephanie Long & Sarah Sussman and HRI Outreach & Landowner Support Manager Thom Green.

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kryLS_9FQE2Oaam-4smZOQ

AmeriCorps member and Roan Naturalist study trees in hemlock woolly adelgid workshop on conserved property

Fairview Hemlock Restoration Hike

Date:  Saturday, December 15
Time:  Starting at 9:00 am
Difficulty:  Moderate (6)
Cost: FREE for all participants, but pre-registration is required

Join SAHC and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) on a hike to explore some beautiful stands of Carolina and Eastern Hemlocks in the Fairview Farming Community, where SAHC has helped protect over 1,300 acres of forest and historic farmland. We will learn about Hemlock ecosystems, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and current options and efforts to control the Adelgid.

We will hike up Conserving Carolina’s Trombatore Trail and visit several SAHC protected properties, giving hikers a chance to learn about our land protection work in the area. We will complete the hike at a large stand of hemlocks near our Strawberry Gap conservation easement, where we will discuss the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and mitigation techniques. We will be rewarded with scenic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Mount Mitchell from Blue Ridge Pastures!

Registration is full – if you would like to be placed on the waiting list email israel@appalachian.org

2018 Summer Hike with Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Location: Montreat, NC

Date: Saturday, July 7th

Time: 9:00 am

Difficulty: Strenuous (7-8)

Leader: Emily Adler, SAHC Americorps Outreach Associate & Thom Green, Hemlock Restoration Initiative Outreach Associate

Cost: Free for SAHC members; $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

Join SAHC and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) on a hike to explore some beautiful  Carolina hemlocks in the Montreat Wilderness, on which SAHC holds a 2,460-acre conservation easement. We will learn about Carolina hemlock ecosystems, the hemlock woolly adelgid, and current options and efforts to control the adelgid.  The hike will be about 4.5 miles, we will be walking along a ridge and will summit 3 different peaks, be prepared for about 1000 ft of elevation change and some steep uphills and downhills.  The loop will take us through a stand of Carolina & Eastern Hemlocks and eventually to the top of Lookout Mountain!

2018 Summer Hike with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative

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2018 Hike with Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Location: Fairview, NC

Date: Saturday, January 20

Time: 10:00 am

Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (5-6)

Leader: Emily Adler, SAHC Americorps Outreach Associate & Thom Green, Hemlock Restoration Initiative Outreach Associate

Cost: Free for SAHC members; $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on this hike due to the educational component

 

Join SAHC and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) on a hike to explore some beautiful stands of Carolina hemlocks in the Fairview Farming Community, where SAHC has helped protect over 1,300 acres of forest and historic farmland. We will learn about Carolina hemlock ecosystems, the hemlock wooly adelgid, and current options and efforts to control the adelgid.

We will begin with a short walk to a large stand of hemlocks where we will first discuss the hemlock wooly adelgid and mitigation options. We will then travel to Hickory Nut Gap on the Eastern Continental Divide and traverse several SAHC Conservation Easements, giving hikers a chance to learn about our land protection work in the area, as well as to see more hemlocks. We will be rewarded with scenic views from Ferguson Peak and Rocky Point along the way!

2018 Hike with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative

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Christmount Hike

Last Saturday, SAHC led our first guided hike of 2017 through the protected woods of our 400-acre conservation easement at Christmount. The weather was lovely, with a clear blue winter sky, allowing for beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Black Mountains. Hikers had a chance to learn about the connected landscape of protected lands in the region and to see other places SAHC has worked to protect, including the Montreat Wilderness and our Laurel Ridge preserve. Read more

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