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Spruce Being Restored In The Southern Appalachians


September 11, 2017

Gary Peeples

Kelly Holdbrook, with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Reserve, collects red spruce cones.

Thousands of red spruce trees sit in containers near Lake Toxaway. Nurtured from seed, they're awaiting out-planting, carrying with them biologists' hopes of restoring red spruce in the Southern Appalachians.

During the last ice age, as ice sheets moved south, northern plant and animal populations migrated south with the cold. As the glaciers retreated, those populations followed the cold back north – and uphill to the tops of the Southern Appalachians – the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.

These areas harbor plants and animals usually found much further north – like red spru...

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