View Full Version : Hemlocks next?

2009-06-11, 09:41
I just did a little leg stretching after dropping some folks off for a camp at an area called Panther Creek (southern Chattahoochee NF) with a quick 2.5 in to the falls and back out to the car. I noticed something that really disturbed me; a lot of the hemlocks along the creek are dead. We're talking trees so big around it would take two folks to link arms.

I know we are coming out of a real bad drought, but it reminded me of when all the balsams died up in the GSMNP area. I hope the hemlocks aren't next. It has really changed the creek bank ecology too. Gone are the ferns and now it's poison ivy, blackberry vines, etc. There is a lot more silt in the creek too.

Is the eastern TN or western NC area seeing this type of die off from your drought too?

Two Speed
2009-06-11, 10:51
Probably woolly adelgid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemlock_Woolly_Adelgid).

2009-06-11, 20:05
Probably woolly adelgid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemlock_Woolly_Adelgid).

Yeap, that's what it is. They will all probably be gone in our life time.

2009-06-12, 12:48
Pseudoscymnus tsugae:Beginning in 1995 more than 100,000 adult beetles have now been released in infested hemlock forests in Connecticut, New Jersey and Virginia to evaluate P. tsugae as a biological control agent.
from Wikipedia....

I hope this works....

2011-10-07, 13:15
i noticed a lot of dead/dying hemlocks last weekend while stepping around in the Cherokee NF above the Ocoee.

sad indeed.