The Hemlock tree, an important part of the North American landscape, is in danger of becoming an extinct species. For this reason, thousands are flocking to various Hemlock forests in Canada and the United States to enjoy their beauty while helping to fight their killer at the source.
It is a small insect that is threatening the life span of the Hemlock. This wooly adelgid literally sucks the sap right out of the tree, leaving it without needles and lifeless in just a few short years. With the number of trees being infected, tree lovers from all over North America are flocking to these forests to help stop the epidemic from spreading and try to save the Hemlocks that are already being affected.
Getting Ready to Help
If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in, understand that in most circumstances you will be spending your nights with the Hemlock trees you are trying to save. These are large forests, and most volunteers are finding it easier to camp out than to travel back and forth from local hotels. Not to mention how fun it is to spend the night under the protection of the Hemlocks mighty branches.
You won’t need much beyond a few changes of clothes (depending on how long you plan to stay) and your camping gear. Don’t forget your essential toiletries like toothpaste, water flosser and soap. You won’t want to have to go searching around the local small town stores to find these essential items.
What You May Be Asked to Do
There are treatments that can be applied to the Hemlock tree to help it fight the insect infestation and keep it from spreading to other trees. You could be asked to help spray trees that are infected. This will involve 2 or 3 volunteers making sure that the treatment is getting to all portions of the Hemlock tree.
You could also be asked to help apply a treatment at the base of the tree. These methods allow the bug killing venom to enter the Hemlock tree at the root and travel upwards. As the insect begins to feed, the venom will enter its system, killing it at its source. In some severe circumstances, the venom is injected straight into the tree so that it gets to the bugs even quicker.
This may sound like a lot of work, but it will be well worth it. While collecting funds for this cause is important, it is equally important to find dedicated people who are interested in a more hands-on approach to combat the problem. The experience will be a rewarding one, as you learn the importance of caring for these trees.
The Hemlock tree is home to thousands of forest creatures both large and small as well as responsible for maintaining clean water systems. Do your part to preserve this mighty part of our landscape and all of the wild life that it protects.