Calling all hemlock lovers! These majestic trees need help to protect themselves from a plague by learning to identify and monitor an invasive non-native insect that threatens their health: the hemlock woolly aphid. This tiny sap-sucker can cause mortality in as little as 4 to 15 years and is spreading throughout the Midcoast region. Midcoast Conservancy is looking to recruit volunteers to monitor and determine how far it has already spread.
Interested participants are invited to join Midcoast Conservancy Stewardship Director Isobel Curtis and Waldo County Soil and Water District Technical Director Aleta McKeage for an in-depth training on conservation methods. monitoring, information on invasive insects and hemlocks, and management options on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Schmid Preserve in Edgecomb.
The training will involve walking short distances from the parking lot on an old wooded road. Contact Isobel ([email protected]) for any mobility issues or site access questions – accommodation is 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 the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District.