- Hemlocks as a core part of the Catskills’ and New York forest ecosystem and which species are likely to be impacted; the hemlock wooly adelgid, its introduction, spread, and biology; locations in the Catskills and NYS in general.
- Best management methods for HWA, covering insecticides and biological controls, weighing the ecological costs of a mass loss of hemlock against the ecological costs of insecticides; past use and missteps of biological control and the current intense efforts that go into ensuring bio-controls are safe to release, including success stories to date.
- How citizens can help stop HWA and preserve the hemlocks across the New York landscape; hemlock hedges as good release locations for bio-control agents; the need for citizen scientists to help survey for HWA, so agencies can prioritize when/where to release or use insecticides; CRISP citizen scientist survey protocol, iMap discussion as a reporting tool, and creating iMap accounts for volunteers.
- Practice survey methodology in a nearby hemlock stand that can serve as a volunteer survey area. Learn survey protocols and practice methods on nearby hemlocks, covering diameter-at-breast-height measurements, crown transparency, live-crown ratios, new growth tip measurements, HWA density measurements, and GPS navigation
- Optional (if time permits), participants will split into smaller groups, depending on group size and partner leader staff, and survey additional hemlock stands.
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