Friday, June 08, 2007

The Hemlocks are Breathing their Last.

Well, I knew the day was coming.

In western North Carolina, and especially in the Great Smoky Mountains and points north and south, it’s all but over.

The hemlock trees are all but history in those areas. What we call “hwa”, the hemlock wooly adelgid, has pretty much run its destructive course and all but a handful of hemlock groves are now completely dead or barely hanging on.

As I said, I’ve know for some years that this day was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to take. I feel very sad about this, but also extremely angry. Our government could have taken steps to save these trees and their accompanying ecosystems from destruction, but it was more concerned with committing mass murder in Iraq than in preserving two species of tree.

The Carolina hemlock and the eastern hemlock species are likely doomed to extinction, much as we saw the demise of the American chestnut tree. Yes, there are banks of seed and groves planted far away to serve as a source of new genetic material if the day arrives when the adelgid on these shores has breathed its sap-sucking last.

But all it would have taken is the application of an available adelgicide on our hemlock groves to save at least some of them until biologists could come up with a solution to put a stop to the invasive insects that have destroyed our southern and eastern groves of hemlocks. But more hideous priorities took the monetary pie into which we might have dipped.

And so it goes. Mankind has its twisted priorities.


Dead hemlocks along the Cherohala Skyway. (Photo by Will Blozan)

4 comments:

Adelgid Hater said...

Hemlock man, you said: "Our government could have taken steps to save these trees and their accompanying ecosystems from destruction, but it was more concerned with committing mass murder in Iraq than in preserving two species of tree"

You are as stupid as any other filthy DemocRAT on the planet. The sheer enormity of trying to treat every friggin Hemlock on the East Coast would dwarf the cost of all wars in the history of the U.S. combined. But wait, it's George W. Bush's fault, I forgot. Thank God (who you don't believe in) we are going to get rid of that piece of filth Oblama and his minions this November when we vote his communist ass out of Washington. When we quit giving every low life piece of garbage in this country and every trashy illegal alien everything for free, then we can turn to worthy causes like saving the Hemlocks from the HWA. Oh, and by the way, killing Muslims in Iraq was a beautiful thing but, of course, you worship Allah like all good liberal DemocRATs do.

HemlockMan said...

LOL! I don't know who this creep is (he hides behind the Internet), and normally I don't publish racist shit from anonymous racist neo-fascists, but this guy is so stupid and so funny that I'll publish his anonymous hilarity. LOL!

Mark Rainey said...

The brain death exhibited in anonymous's post is near staggering. THIS is why the country is in such a fix.

HemlockMan said...

Indeed. Not only is he a Nazi racist, he doesn't know anything about how little it would have cost to save our hemlock forests. For the price of some military hardware we could have safeguarded our east coast hemlock groves.

That's okay. He's stupid beyond description.