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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Primer: What’s Happening with Hemlocks in New York?
Saturday, May 18, 2019
10:00 AM 12:00 PM
with Charlotte Malmborg (New York State Hemlock Initiative)
Co-sponsored with Schoharie Watershed Month

Free Program.

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive forest pest that threatens native eastern hemlock, a common tree species throughout New York and at the Arboretum. Hemlocks are a foundation species that create unique habitats and provide several ecosystem services including protecting clean water resources. The New York State Hemlock Initiative integrates research, management, and outreach to address the growing threat of HWA in the state. NYSHI Education and Outreach Technician Charlotte Malmborg will share the importance of conserving hemlocks, the damage HWA is causing in our forests, and the management and community science efforts being employed to slow the spread of HWA in New York. We will finish the event by taking a short hike to the Arboretum’s hemlock stand to scout for woolly adelgid.

Mountain Top Arboretum is a public garden in the Catskill Mountains dedicated to displaying and managing native plant communities of the northeastern US, in addition to curating its collection of cold-hardy native and exotic trees. Its mountain top elevation of 2,400 feet at the top of the New York City Watershed creates a unique environment for education, research and pure enjoyment of the spectacular and historic Catskills landscape. The Arboretum trails and boardwalks connect 178 acres of plant collections, meadows, wetlands, forest and Devonian bedrock—a natural sanctuary for visitors interested in horticulture, birding, geology, local craftsmanship, hiking and snowshoeing!