Friends of Rogers hosts “Save the Hemlocks!” featuring ‘iMapInvasives’ training

Hemlock trees are under attack from an invasive insect, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. On Jan. 26, join Friends of Rogers for a presentation and volunteer training to ‘Save the Hemlocks!’ Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Cornell University’s Caroline Marschner and Master Naturalist Steve Kinne will explain why HWA is threatening New York forests and how to identify it.

During the training, learn how to report HWA sightings using the on-line, GIS-based data management system ‘iMapInvasives.’ Designed to organize data in the early detection of new populations, ‘iMapInvasives’ provides an opportunity for citizen scientists to play an active role in the protection of natural resources from invasive species.

Participants should wear outdoor gear and bring a phone or tablet. Pre-registration is required via an e-mail to at2hike@yahoo.com including name, e-mail address, phone number, city and iMap log-in information if one has previously been established. (iMap log-ins must be created in advance by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.)

Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for all ages.

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