Now through – March 12, NY iMapInvasives and the NYS Hemlock Initiative are hosting NY’s first statewide Winter Mapping Challenge. Join the challenge to help monitor this invasive species and compete to win a prize!
To participate: Get outside, find some hemlock trees, check for white “fuzz balls” on the undersides of twigs, and report your findings to NY iMapInvasives – the top-reporters of presence and not-detected records for HWA will win a prize! Visit to learn more and connect with HWA mapping efforts in your area! Don’t know how to use iMap? Check out self-serve tutorials to get you started.
If you live in the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario region, check out the #VirtualHikeChallenge and learn of local hiking trails that have hemlocks near the path where you can easily survey for HWA.
National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is an international event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat that they pose, and what can be done to prevent their spread.
From February 28 – March 4, 2022, you can tune into educational webinars, engage on social media, and learn of congressional briefings where invasive species experts will come together in Washington, D.C. to inform and educate officials about prevention and management priorities.
Visit the official NISAW website for details!

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