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When Sharon Bryant read an e-mail asking citizens to help find healthy infested hemlocks, she wanted to help. Bryant, a middle school science and math teacher in Lenoir County, had a number of hemlocks in her backyard, all of which were covered with the cottony hemlock woolly adelgid, but a few that were still green and thriving. With a call to researchers at North Carolina State University, Bryant became one of the first citizen scientists to participate in the new “Tiny Terrors” project, designed to collect cuttings from hemlock and Fraser fir trees in an attempt to breed adelgid-resistant trees.
The Alliance for Threatened Forests at NC State University has developed and will be running a citizen-science program: “The Tiny Terrors project,” a project that needs citizens to identify and report sightings of hemlocks and Fraser firs that are infested with hemlock woolly adelgids or balsam woolly adelgids, but are still healthy and green. If you’re not sure what the woolly adelgids look like, go to http://www.threatenedforests.org/research/photo-gallery/. The photo gallery will also show you what an unhealthy hemlock or fir looks like.
On Dec 3, 2011 at 11am, come see Dr. Fred Hain discuss his research on the hemlock and balsam woolly adelgids.
Dr. Fred Hain, a retired NC State University entomology professor, has joined the long list of distinguished North Carolinians to receive the Order of the Longleaf Pine award.