Did You Know?

How much do you know about the balsam and hemlock woolly adelgids? Here are some interesting facts about hemlocks, Fraser firs and the insects that attack them. Since all HWA are female, they reproduce asexually twice a year, which causes adelgid populations to increase dramatically.  One individual can lay up to 300 eggs yielding up [...]

By | February 8th, 2011|News|Comments Off on Did You Know?

ASTF Welcomes 2 New Staff Members

Ben Smith and Erin Mester have joined the Alliance for Saving Threatened Forests as new staff members. Ben Smith Ben Smith received a Ph.D. in Forestry from North Carolina State University in 2010. As a post-doc working with the Alliance for Saving Threatened Forests, Ben is based at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, [...]

By | February 8th, 2011|News|Comments Off on ASTF Welcomes 2 New Staff Members

Golden Leaf Foundation Provides Support for Christmas Tree and Hemlock Research

A collaboration of scientists joining forces against the balsam and hemlock woolly adelgids, insects that threaten Fraser fir and eastern hemlock trees, respectively, recently got new ammunition. A $65,000 grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation will allow the scientists to start developing gardens of woolly adelgid-resistant trees. Chaired by Dr. Fred Hain, forest entomologist at [...]

By | October 22nd, 2010|News|Comments Off on Golden Leaf Foundation Provides Support for Christmas Tree and Hemlock Research

Breeding a better Christmas tree: NCSU Researchers Seek to Battle the Adelgids

A pile of cottony-speckled logs sits prominently against the back wall of entomologist Dr. Fred Hain’s research lab in N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The logs are samples of a history of devastation for North Carolina’s Fraser fir, a native tree popular for its beauty both in the forest and as [...]

By | October 21st, 2010|News|Comments Off on Breeding a better Christmas tree: NCSU Researchers Seek to Battle the Adelgids