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In this special new program, you will have opportunities to learn about threats to forests in the Appalachian region with a specific focus on the non-native Wooly adelgid aphid and the treatment and research program at Mountain Lake for the affected Eastern hemlock tree. You will also be able to assist in the Hemlock Treatment Program at the Mountain Lake Conservancy and Kentland Farm Research Facility at Virginia Tech. In addition, we will explore a unique ecosystem atop Salt Pond Mountain and learn to identify the trees and vegetation of high-elevation forests with hands-on lessons and experience. Plus, feel the history of historic Mountain Lake Hotel as you learn, lodge, dine, and relax.Lodging: Mountain Lake LodgeMeals Included: Dinner
After exploring parts of the farm to see examples of its work, we will engage in some field work treating hemlocks on site.Lunch: Lunch begins at 12:00 Noon in the Dining Room.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Learn about biological control agents in forestry including predator species and systemic insecticides, and tactics being used in the hemlock treatment program.Dinner: Dinner begins at 5:30pm in the Dining Room.Evening: FREE EVENING: Enjoy time to use the hotel’s facilities or just relax after some busy days.Lodging: Mountain Lake LodgeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
HOTEL CHECK-OUT: Please be sure you have checked out no later than 11:30am.Lunch: We will have our final lunch together in the Mountain Lake Restaurant.
This concludes our program. We hope you have enjoyed learning with us and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar educational adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch