Help our Hemlocks – Take the Challenge

Join the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) Winter Mapping Challenge and win prizes! From Feb 1 – March 15, 2023, the iMap user who surveys the most sites* for HWA during the challenge wins a prize from the NYS Hemlock Initiative. Visit for more information and to get started.

1. Get outside and look for hemlock trees.

2. Check for white fuzz balls on the undersides of hemlock twigs – these are HWA egg masses.

3.  Report your findings to iMap – submit a presence or not-detected record to document your effort.

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The New York State Hemlock Initiative

The New York State Hemlock Initiative represents the efforts of scientists, natural resources professionals, and New York residents united in their love for hemlock trees and dedication to hemlock conservation.

In the past three months, volunteers have recorded a flurry of new observations of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) across our region. In 2023, volunteers have recorded 28 confirmed observations of HWA, and 18 non-detections of HWA, for a total of 46 observations. Some of these observations were made in under-surveyed locations as well, such as Broome, Madison, and Chenango counties. These observations have made measurable impact on our understanding of HWA in the Finger Lakes. With this additional data, land managers in our region can better prioritize resources towards those new infestations, knowing they have time to get to the eastern counties. But what land managers are we talking about

Read more here


Also,  please save the date for FL-Prism Spring Webinar Series sessions:
April 20th – Christine Chin, Professor of Art and Architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Concerning Climate: Art About Climate
May 18th – Evan Abramson, Founder and Principal of Landscape Interactions – Native Pollinator-Plant Interactions: Designing Landscapes + Corridors to Support Regional Biodiversity

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