Workshop - Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Management

last update: February 27, 2018

Our hemlock trees are under attack! You can help save them!

The invasive insect hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is killing hemlocks throughout the Finger Lakes region, including in Yates and surrounding counties. Hemlock trees are critical to ecosystem health, particularly in the steep gullies where they typically grow. They create cool, shaded environments for sensitive plant and wildlife species, and their roots hold the soil in place on steep slopes and help prevent it from eroding and running off into the lakes.

We need to save our hemlocks and protect our forest ecosystems and lakes! Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County and the New York State Hemlock Initiative to learn how you can help. There will be a free public workshop on March 12 to learn how to manage HWA on your property. Participants will also learn about some of the cutting edge research being conducted at Cornell University on the biological control of HWA, and how you can participate this program to help protect our forests into the future. You don’t need to be a woodland owner to get involved, as the biological control program targets public lands in particular. Join us!

The New York Hemlock Initiative’s mission is “to coordinate state-wide efforts of land owners, state and federal agencies, government officials, and concerned citizens to conserve New York State’s hemlock trees”. This organization is based out of Cornell University and conducts hemlock conservation initiatives throughout the Finger Lakes region and New York State. For more information please visit

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