Hemlock forests are in crises up and down the eastern seaboard. They are being sucked of the sap that sustains them but tiny little pests known as the wooly aldegid. As relief efforts continue to try and control the spread of the bugs and heal the trees that have been attacked by it, forests and parks are starting to run out of money for the necessary treatment.
If you are a hemlock lover, or just someone who cares about preserving our ecosystem, there are ways that you can get involved in raising money. Forest rangers don’t have the time to spare to organize fund raisers and implore people to help. But you can, by doing the organizing for them.
A Community Cook Out
Everything tastes better when you cook it out in the wilderness. Organize an event where dinner is served surrounded by the gorgeous hemlock. For a just a few dollars folks can come into the forest and enjoy a camp style meal. The admission cost will definitely help the cause, as will getting people into the forest to see just what we would be missing if the hemlock where to die out.
A full scale scavenger hunt in the forest would be another fun way to get people out and donating. With the hemlocks surrounding the game, you can place inexpensive items within a certain radius and set up clues as to where to find them. The prize could be one free night of camping in the park or something else along those lines where no money is taken away from the effort to save the trees.
Go to your local sports store and explain your cause to them. Ask them if they would be willing to rent a couple of recurve bows, arrows and a bulls eye target. Then blow up a few pictures of the wooly aldegid and place it dead center on the target. Who ever gets the arrow closest to the pests head wins the event. Charge an admission fee to raise the money you need, and offer up a prize that won’t cost you or the park rangers any money. If you’re looking to buy your own bow, check out the reviews at fastflightarchery.com.
Do the Work Yourselves
If all else fails, build a team of volunteers who are willing to apply the treatments to the trees. This is not a difficult job, but it is a time consuming one. By taking that task off of the rangers hands you are saving them a lot of money in manpower.
Getting involved in a cause does not always have to mean opening up your wallet. If you give it some thought and time, you can find dozens of ways of getting involved in helping to save the hemlock forests.