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Protect Trees And They Will Return The Favor – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 8/26/2019 at 3:53pm

Appalachian mixed hardwoods are prominent in the forests of western North Carolina and help to absorb excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. (Courtesy photos)

The forests of southern Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the world's great restoration stories. In the 1880s over 80 percent of our region was forested, but by the 1940s that number shrank to just 50 percent. Today, those numbers have rebounded, and our region is about 80 percent forested once again.

This success means improved water quality in our rivers, a recovered black bear population, world-class outdoor recreation and the world's best remaining temperate hardwood forest.

To that list of great benefits provided by our forests, you can also add that they are a huge carbon sink, pullin...

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