Virtual Speaker Series: Saving the Hemlock Tree
Thu Jun 18 | 12pm-1pm | Virtual
Eastern and Carolina hemlocks are crucial trees: they provide food and habitat for wildlife, help moderate temperatures and cool the forest floor, and prevent soil erosion on riverside banks. While these trees can live nearly 400 years, the onset of the Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) has caused this tree to be considered endangered. After infection, the hemlock has a lifespan of just a few years.
Join us for a free webinar with life-long environmentalist, Jack Rogers, to discuss the importance of hemlock trees, how the HWA invasion has caused an impact in ecology, and restoration efforts to save this tree.
Jack Rogers served in the US Air Force for 26 years as an F-16 and A-10 pilot, retiring in the grade of Colonel. After retirement, he began a second career as a science teacher. He currently teaches science and aerospace technology at the Alliance Academy for Innovation in Forsyth County. He is a life-long environmentalist and is active in several local non-profit groups. He serves as secretary on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. He is the vice-chairman of the Lumpkin Coalition, an environmentally-focused organization that organizes the annual Hemlockfest fundraiser. He and his wife Patty enjoy mountain life in Dahlonega, Georgia.
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