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Tennessee's mighty hemlocks falling to tiny, hungry insects

April 9th, 2012 5:10 am by Anne Paine

Only a small portion of the state’s hemlocks — many that are hundreds of years old and stand 10 stories or higher — are expected to survive a scourge of tiny insects that has advanced here from the Northeast.

Chemical treatments are needed one tree at a time, and there’s only so much money and time available.

Many of the long-lived evergreens already have died or are dying inGreat Smoky Mountains National Park and elsewhere, leaving needleless gray hulks that no longer shade creeks and threaten to fall on whatever is nearby.

Read the expanded version of this report on the Tennessean Web site.

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