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Transylvania County Cooperative Extension is working closely with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, Conserving Carolina, and the Transylvania Natural Resource Council to assist private land owners with the costs associated with treating hemlocks in sensitive riparian areas.

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The Woolly Adelgid has already done significant damage to many forests.

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect pest introduced from Japan, has been destroying trees in Transylvania County since 2006. Without intervention it is extremely likely that most hemlocks in the area will die, with the largest and most valuable trees succumbing more rapidly.

At this time, the only confirmed way to ensure that these trees survive is to chemically treat them. 10-15 years ago when the problem was initially identified, the cost of chemical protection was prohibitively expensive. Today treatments are a fraction of the original cost and need to be repeated less often.

Are you interested in treating your hemlocks?

If you qualify for this program and get your hemlocks treated, we will reimburse you for up to 50% of the total cost of the treatment with a maximum reimbursement rate of $2 per inch (diameter at breast height).

Click here to see if your property qualifies for this program.

If you feel that you may qualify for the program, then call us at 884-3109 or email

The Land owner application page has step by step instructions as well.

You can reach out to any of our approved contractors below for more information. Don’t see your favorite contractor here? We can add them! Just tell us who you’d like to work with:

Name Phone
Appalachian Arborists 828-273-5302
Bartlett Tree Care 828-877-6601
French Broad Farms and Greenhouse 828-342-4644
Jason York at Michael Baker Intl. 828-412-6101
Pinnacle Tree Service 828-674-2777
Roots and Shoots Arborcare (252)673-1202

We hope you can take advantage of this unique opportunity to protect your hemlock resources by applying for participation in this cost-share program.

  • For more information about hemlocks and HWA please visit the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) website: or contact the HRI directly at:, (828) 252-4783
  • For questions or concerns please contact Transylvania County Cooperative Extension at: (828) 884-3109

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