Thank you to North Carolina’s Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) for joining Camcore in getting our domestic conservation greenhouse in western North Carolina ready for winter. On Tuesday, October 29th a total of 8 HRI staff members and volunteers joined Andy Whittier in Waynesville, NC to clean up and organize our domestic greenhouse. After a busy morning we were able to cover the greenhouse in anticipation of rapidly approaching freezing winter temperatures. Camore greatly appreciates the assistance from the Hemlock Restoration Initiative and looks forward to continued collaboration in our shared interests of hemlock conservation.
Camcore’s own Juan Jose Acosta and Robert Jetton spent the day in central North Carolina checking on emerald ash borer (EAB) traps. This study site is helping us to better understand EAB phenology in NC in order to improve the timing of biocontrol releases.
Best poster (overall) and best poster (student) = Luis Ibarra
Best oral presentation (student) = Colin Jackson
Luis Ibarra is a Camcore Ph.D. student co-advised by Gary Hodge and Juan Jose Acosta. Colin Jackson is a Ph.D. student with both Camcore and the Tree Improvement Program and is co-advised by Juan Jose Acosta and Fikret Isik.
The 2018 Camcore Annual Meeting in Colombia is off to a great start. After a few days of meetings and presentations in Cali we headed south to the department of Cauca for two days of field tours outside of Popayán. Thanks go to Smurfit Kappa Colombia for sponsoring such a wonderful trip and presenting their interesting research. Special thanks are extended to the Smurfit crew in Cauca for preparing for our visit and showing us their well managed sites. We are now looking forward to the second half of meeting and seeing more of Colombia and its forestry.