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Help Save Our Hemlocks


October 15, 2018

Until recently, hemlock trees were some of the largest and most common trees in the North Carolina mountains. Often referred to as the “redwood of the East,” these towering, long-lived trees once gave western North Carolina its familiar, forested look. That is until hemlock woolly adelgid, an aphid-like invasive insect native to Asia, rapidly began to threaten their existence.

The adelgids present themselves as white-woolly “puff balls” at the base of each needle on the underside of the branch. Since its first detection in the eastern United States in the early 1950s, hemlock wool...

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