Saving Connestee Fall's Hemlocks

Residents rally to save hemlock trees

Connestee Falls has some 3,900 acres and most of it is heavily wooded with thousands of native trees. It's an amazing natural setting that makes the community one of the most unique in Western North Carolina.

In the spring and fall of 2021, neighbors in Connestee Falls teamed up to help save the community's hemlock trees from the threat of woolly adelgid. The Hemlock Restoration Initiative provided the initial training and guided the spring treatment process. With more than 1,000 hemlocks treated in 2021, half of which were very young trees, the effort marks the beginning of Connestee Fall's commitment to its ongoing effort to preserve its hemlocks and to care for the community's natural environment. See photos and more information below on this effort by our resident volunteers to protect the hemlock trees.

Connestee Falls' spring 2021 hemlock treatment was led by the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, who trained volunteers on safety and proper treatment applications.

A hemlock tree infected with woolly adelgid, or HWA: an invasive, aphid-like insect that attacks North American hemlocks.

Connestee Falls resident and coordinator of the effort, Lisa Smith, applies the insecticide used to treat woolly adelgid at the base of a hemlock.

Some of the "Hemlock Friends" of Connestee Falls who participated in hemlock treatments this past November.

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