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Old 01-22-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by mphilli2 View Post
An essay in the journal ECOTONE "While Our Backs Are Turned"):

I first learned of this ten years ago when hemlocks at my first home started getting yellow and thin. Called in a tree guy and he educated me on the adelgid. Wicked little beasts. He said the only way to keep the trees alive was to spray them twice a year at specific times with dormant oil spray. I did that as the trees were an important screen. They did ok but the loss of inner needles never returned, just new outside growth. As the article states, in a forest this is not an option and the future seems bleak for these beautiful trees.
Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. They smelled of moss in your hand. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.
― Cormac McCarthy
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