March 8, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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Help protect our iconic Hemlock forests which are at risk from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

If you are concerned about the health of the forests in the greater Hocking Hills region, participate in the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Workshop on March 8, 2015. Eastern Hemlock trees are an iconic evergreen found in the sandstone lined gorges throughout the Hocking Hills region. They are a component of the natural character and identity of the region and contribute to the scenic beauty and attractiveness for residents and tourists alike.

Our Hemlock trees are at great peril from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a non-native forest pest that unchecked, will likely cause mortality of most of the Eastern Hemlocks, forever altering our scenic landscapes. Alarmingly, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid was recently identified at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve in Jackson County. It was previously found and successfully treated in the Hocking State Forest near Cantwell Cliffs in the Hocking Hills State Park.

Join Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension Specialist, Rebecca Miller, Hocking Soil and Water Conservation Education Specialist, and Levi Miller, Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Manager, to learn about this invasive insect species and the threat it poses. Dave, Rebecca, and Levi will discuss identification of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) as well as: Hemlock identification, the importance of the Hemlock to this region, HWA biology, HWA control options and efforts including Hemlock Hero and Hocking Hills Conservation Association. Steve Goodwin, Land Protection Specialist, Appalachia Ohio Alliance, will discuss how AOA’s conservation easements can accommodate a successful treatment program.

Following the program we will take a short hike on the beautiful Mathias Grove Preserve and examine native Hemlock trees, looking for any potential HWA infestation. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

We will meet inside the Mathias Grove lodge house. Light Refreshments will be provided. Rebecca Miller will have Hemlock Woolly Adelgid shirts available for purchase. All proceeds will support the Hocking Hills Conservation Association’s ongoing efforts to identify and manage HWA and minimize damages to our precious forests.

This event is free and open to the public. Please contact AOA board member Susan Clay for any additional information. She can be reached via home phone at 740.385.3584 or by email at susanclay10@gmail.com.

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mathias Grove Lodge, 25779 Bailey Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149. Enter the driveway and drive back and park at the lodge home.

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