Frank Varvoutis - Making a Difference One Tree at a Time
“If hemlocks are gone, it would change the entire ecology of our environment,” explains Frank Varvoutis, 2004 HCC Forestry graduate.
Frank Varvoutis, 2004 Haywood Community College Forestry graduate, is doing all he can to stop the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. “About 99 percent of the wood thrush nest in hemlocks. They are also cover and protection for wildlife and provide shade for wide areas,” he explains.
Varvoutis started his own business, Hemlock Healers, Inc, over three years ago. “Many hemlocks around here are hundreds of years old. They need to be saved and preserved,” he said.
Varvoutis is a certified arborist who performs all around tree care including removal and plant and pest control. While he treated four summer camps last year for the adelgid, about 85 percent of his work is residential.
Recently, Varvoutis was awarded a contract for work with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to treat hemlocks, mostly concentrating in the Cataloochee area.
“Before I came to HCC, I didn’t know the difference in a hemlock or a spruce. I can’t say enough about this program and these instructors. It’s the best in the country, better than a lot of four year programs.”