19, 2007 20:56 PDT
I've just returned from a three-day trip to the Black Mountains
western NC. Too tired to post much of a report, but while I had
time hiking, I saw some very discouraging sights concerning our
hemlocks. They're all but gone there. I took my travel trailer
Black Mountain campground and noticed that almost all of the
are dead, but some were thriving. So I asked the campground host
that, and he told me that the NFS had chosen certain trees to
adelgicide. Such trees were marked with silver tags. Weird how
treated small and medium-sized trees in the camgpround, but
old giants there to die.
Standing on top of Horse Rock, just below Celo Knob, I could
on the vast countryside, through the photochemical haze courtesy
hydrocarbons, and realized that the once vast sea of forest had
not so much an island as a series of relatively small plots of
I think the cause is lost--not just the hemlocks--but the
ecosystem as a whole. I'm convinced--more now than ever
it's going to all come crashing down, far sooner than later.
20, 2007 05:28 PDT
That's terrible, I guess I'll never have the Privilege to see an
Growth Hemlock Forest in my Lifetime! Man better wake up, before
late! It seems like the wrong people are running the show!
20, 2007 18:52 PDT
There are still old growth forests of hemlock in areas farther
Tennessee. Talk to Charles Hinton. Up here the adelgid is only
halfway across PA. Cook Forest has the finest old-growth hemlock
eastern Untied States. There are old growth hemlock in Michigan
well. Much of NW Pennsylvania is dominated by hemlock and it
tragic when it reaches here. But for now the old-growth is
you still have a chance to see some old-growth hemlock forests,
don't put it off too long.
22, 2007 20:27 PDT
It probably looks like that since we're in the heart of the
infestation and die-off of hemlocks. But, over time the rain
will fall and
the unaffected tree species will grow and fill in the blanks.
generation long in the future will probably even see abundant
cloaking the landscape (not to mention chestnuts). But, we must
maximum amount of intact, protected areas such as state parks,
parks, national forests, national wilderness areas, etc. to
forests to grow and evolve over time.
of photos of Black Mtn hemlocks
26, 2007 19:12 PDT