Thank you for your interest in Adopt-a-Hemlock!
We are very excited to announce the beginning of the Adopt-a-Hemlock program at Wahsega 4-H Center. This fundraising effort will cover the cost of treating our beloved hemlock trees and saving them from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.
What is the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid?
The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is a tiny insect from Asia that is wreaking havoc on the population of hemlocks in the U.S. The insect feeds on and quickly kills the trees, which cannot effectively fight them off. Trees can die in as little as 4 years, and it is estimated we will lose 80-90% of hemlocks throughout their range.
Why is it important to save the hemlocks?
There are so many reasons!
They provide cover for many animals including ruffed grouse, turkey, deer and rabbit.
Biologists estimate that between 415 and 550 species of insects utilize the Eastern hemlock.
Hemlocks affect stream ecosystems by providing shade. This keeps the water cool and supports the survival of animals such as crayfish and trout.
Hemlocks are utilized by many species of birds as a food source, nesting site, roost site, or winter shelter. A survey of Wood Thrush nests found 90% located in hemlocks. The Wood Thrush has one of the most beautiful songs of any North American bird. Thoreau wrote of the Wood Thrush: "Whenever a man hears it he is young, and Nature is in her spring; wherever he hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut against him."
Many of the Hemlocks at Wahsega are old. They are part of the fascinating history that has shaped Wahsega into the camp we know and love.
What can I do to help?
Adopt-a-Hemlock at Wahsega 4-H Center! We are looking to create a haven for hemlocks right here in our little valley. We are accepting donations at our Canteen or through the mail. As a thank you for your donation, you’ll receive an official Adopt-a-Hemlock certificate with a unique identification number.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working together to save the hemlocks at Wahsega!