The mission of the New York State Hemlock Initiative is to coordinate research, management, and volunteers to conserve New York State’s hemlock resources in the face of multiple threats, particularly that posed by an invasive pest, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.
The New York State Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) works with partners to coordinate the state-wide effort of multiple agencies and other interested groups to conserve the state’s hemlock resources. Mortality due to Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in New York has increased at an alarming rate recently. It is critical that resources be brought to bear to develop a state-wide strategy to conserve the hemlock resources now, before it is too late.
The Hemlock Initiative is currently funded to work within the Finger Lakes region, but we are involved with hemlock conservation around the state, and are happy to provide information or connect organizations around New York. Our current projects are development of training materials for volunteer groups, establishing connections with Finger Lakes organizations and individuals with an interest in hemlock conservation, and organizing a hemlock prioritization workshop in 2016.
To explore this site, follow the links below or use the drop-down menu for Hemlock Initiative pages by placing your cursor on “NYS Hemlock Initiative” in the menu bar at the top of the page.
For an introduction to Hemlock Woolly Adelgids, click here.
The latest update on the state of Hemlock Woolly Adelgids is here.
Find treatment options for HWA here.
For more information on HWA, look at our Resources page here.