Ky. hemlocks threatened by pest

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Postby edfrank » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:56 pm

Ky. hemlocks threatened by pest
By Andy Mead at 12:00am on Dec 12, 2010 — Modified at 6:10am on Dec 12, 2010


LONDON — Walking through a grove of towering hemlock trees in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Alice Mandt stopped to pick up a small branch that had fallen to the ground.  The hemlock needles on the branch were green and healthy. Mandt smiled.  

"Hopefully we won't find it today; that would be good," she said.  The "it" she dreaded was a tiny insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid (pronounced a-DEL-gid) that threatens the stately hemlocks found in some of the most beautiful and environmentally sensitive places in Eastern Kentucky.

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