Dear NTS of the eastern US and Canada,
There is a new opportunity for citizen science that is right up our alley: collecting and preserving hemlock samples before they are lost through the Hemlock Legacy Project - HeLP. There will be an article coming out soon in a mainstream source about it and there was this clip, too: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/02/saving-the-past-in-dying-trees.html?ref=hp
It will take some time to coordinate the project in its entirety. Most of the coordination will come out of Dr. Amy Hessl's lab at West Virginia University. http://hessl.eberly.wvu.edu/
- there might be a grad student and web page in the fall organizing the project a little more formally. I'll def keep you updated as things develop.
The original article is available below at the open access site of Columbia University. It has recently become CU's policy that its researchers make their publications available to the public - hear, hear! So, download HeLP here:http://academiccommons.columbia.edu/catalog/ac%3A157045