NYS Hemlock Initiative in the Finger Lakes and Beyond

The NYS Hemlock Initiative is based at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and has funding from the US Forest Service to coordinate management of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in the Finger Lakes region. We are reaching out to organizations and individuals to fill gaps in survey efforts for HWA, help with biocontrol establishment, prioritize the Finger Lakes’ hemlock stands for monitoring and treatment, and work together to develop a management plan for HWA in the Finger Lakes region.

Now a statewide initiative, we receive support and funding from local, state, and federal partners. Including the US Forest Service (USFS), we are also funded by the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the US Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS),  and the US Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (EPA-GLRI).

In addition to multiple local and state partners reporting on HWA in the Finger Lakes and throughout New York, we rely on Citizen Science,  which involves the collection and analysis of observations and data from the natural world by the general public. The New York State Hemlock Initiative represents the efforts of scientists, natural resources professionals, volunteers, students, and New Yorkers throughout the state, united in their love for hemlock trees and dedicated to hemlock conservation.

Visit our Get Involved page to learn more about how you can participate in the efforts to save New York’s hemlocks by becoming a Citizen Scientist volunteer with us. If you’d like to learn more about hemlock conservation efforts or the threat posed by hemlock woolly adelgid, send us an email at nyshemlockinitiative@cornell.edu.