Calling all who love hemlocks! These majestic trees need people to help protect them from a scourge by learning to identify and monitor for an invasive non-native insect that threatens their health: the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. This tiny sap-sucker can cause mortality in as little as 4-15 years and is spreading throughout the Midcoast region. Midcoast Conservancy is seeking to enlist volunteers to monitor and determine how far it has spread already.
Interested participants are invited to join Midcoast Conservancy’s Stewardship Manager, Isobel Curtis, and Waldo County Soil and Water District’s Technical Director, Aleta McKeage, for an in-depth training on monitoring methods, background on the invasive insect and hemlock trees, and management options on Saturday, May 21st from 10 am to 12 pm at the Schmid Preserve in Edgecomb.
The training will involve walking short distances from the parking lot on an old woods road. Contact Isobel (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding any mobility concerns or access questions about the site – accommodations are possible!
To register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events-list/hemlock-woolly-adelgid-monitor-training. Midcoast Conservancy is grateful to its partners: the town of Edgecomb (owners of Schmid Preserve) and Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District.