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Hemlocks through History

  • Mountain Top Arboretum Rt 23C and Maude Adams Rd Tannersville, NY 12485 (map)

New York State has more hemlock abundance than any other state in the country, and there's no shortage of hemlocks in the Catskills. These trees are one of the most significant species in the Catskill Forest, and they are some of the oldest trees in the state, with some reaching over 700 years old. Join us for presentations and a guided walk to learn more about the history of hemlocks and the current threat to their population.

Mike Kudish, Catskills forest historian and author, will discuss the history of hemlocks in the Catskill Mountains and their significance to the Schoharie Watershed. Learn about the early history of hemlocks (~14,000 years ago), how Native Americans may have impacted hemlock populations, the effect of the tanning industry on hemlocks, and other little-known facts. Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager at CRISP, will discuss the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a tiny forest pest that is currently threatening hemlock populations. Learn how to identify HWA and what to do if you find HWA on your property. 

This is a free event. Space is limited, register early using the Tickets link above or by calling 518-622-3620.

Registered participants will receive a small hemlock tree to take home for planting at the end of the program.

“Hemlocks through History” event made possible by our sponsors/partners: Mountain Top Arboretum, CRISP, Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District Schoharie Watershed Program (SWP), and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP).

Photo courtesy of Nicholas A. Tonelli.