The Transylvania Times -

By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Multiple Efforts Underway To Save Hemlocks – Transylvania County NC


A dying Hemlock clings to a rock at Triple Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest. (Times photo by Park Baker)

The once-abundant Eastern Hemlocks provided shade and respite from the summer heat and played a key role in riverbank ecology.

Now they resemble towering grey skeletons, and, gradually, their broken limbs and trunks are filling the creeks and rivers.

The questions for some are: What is taking their place? What does the debris mean for wildlife, fishermen and kayakers? How will the great expanses of land in western North Carolina evolve without the Hemlock, and what kind of work is being done concerning the Hemlock's fate?

Very few stands of the tree have survived against the invasion...

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