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Locate Firs and Hemlocks

Main Project Information
Presented By Forest Restoration Alliance
Goal Help scientists restore hemlock and Fraser fir forests
Task Monitor invasive insects that attack hemlocks and Fraser firs
Where United States

Help monitor the invasive insect species of adelgids that attack both hemlocks and Fraser firs (the most popular Christmas Tree in North America).

Although barely visible to the naked eye, adelgids and their effects on trees can be detected by citizen scientists.

Data collection is easy once you have identified an area that contains hemlock or Fraser fir, and you can submit your observations online.

Not only are both tree species valued for their beauty, but because of their numbers, they provide wildlife habitat and are an important source of lumber. Your help can help researchers find potentially resistant trees and aid in developing genetically resistant trees to restore forests.

How to Join

Head to to sign up and start collecting data.

Required Gear

- 1 pen or pencil
- A notepad or some paper
- Binoculars (not necessary but they will help)
- A camera to take pictures of your findings
- 1 envelope for submitting your observation form and photos by US mail.
- GPS to determine your location, lat/long. If you don’t have a GPS, you can also find your location on Google maps (use the link on our “Participate” page)
- Measuring tape (to measure the diameter of a Fraser fir tree)

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags forest, tiny terrors
Project Updated 05/23/2018