with Mark Whitmore (Cornell University)
Co-sponsored with Schoharie Watershed Month
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. Forest Entomologist at Cornell University and the Director of the NYSHI, Mark Whitmore 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.