February 22, 2009 - Our tour utilizes some amazing Eastern Hemlock trees. It is these huge ancient trees that make out tour both unique and beautiful. Sadly, an invasive bug called the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) has been killing hemlocks throughout the east since its introduction from infected Japanese trees back in the 1950’s. For example, the Shenandoah National park no longer has a Hemlock Forest due to HWA.
We don’t want that to happen here. Therefore, we are designating our site as a Hemlock Preservation Site. We recently had 100% of the hemlocks within the canopy tour region surveyed and identified by small aluminum tags. We will use the survey and tag to identify trees for HWA treatment.
Part of our preservation efforts will involve the limited use of soil-injected insecticides to treat our most critical trees. We will then rely on the release of HWA feeding beetles. These beetles will be our best bet for a long-term preservation of the hemlock. To learn more visit www.saveourhemlocks.org
We will partially fund our preservation efforts through a $1.00 user fee from every Canopy Tour participant. The resort will match every dollar!