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.
Another successful Camcore annual meeting in the books! We began our Portugal visit with two days of technical sessions to summarize the past ten years of work by Camcore, followed by two days of strategy meetings to begin charting a course for the next ten years, and wrapped up with two days of field visits with Raiz, The Navigator Company, and Altri Florestal to learn about forestry activities in Portugal. Thanks to all of the meeting attendees and our collaborators in Portugal for helping make such an enjoyable and fruitful meeting.
In late July of 2019 Camcore’s Andy Whittier traveled to South Africa to assist in the assessment of wood quality traits in both an eight year old pine hybrid and six year old eucalyptus trial located outside the Ngwodana Mill. This trip is just one of many international visits undertaken by Camcore to assess wood quality traits of novel pine hybrids and lesser planted eucalyptus species located on our members lands.
Working closely with Sappi Research Officer Lebogang Mphahele and her two teams we were able to successfully sample 540 pine trees and 180 eucalyptus trees in just over one week! Many thanks are extended to Lebo and her team for such a well organized and enjoyable trip.
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.