Posté le: Lun 25 Juin - 15:05 (2018) Sujet du message: Florence Nature Preserve, Gerton, NC
This is a new preserve near Chimney Rock and Rumbling Bald, bought by the Nature Conservancy. I read about old growth and since it's in a gorge along the escarpment, I expected some fine trees. The only old growth I saw were old hemlocks, which had already succumbed to the adelgid, and one large white oak. Black birch were everpresent and were a canopy tree. It appears they are remnants of higrading of other hardwoods. The largest hemlocks were all dead but smaller, mature hemlocks are still going strong. Some had lost their lower needles but many were green all the way up into the 80-90' canopy. They are mostly along a lush stream. Aside from this stream the land is quite open in the understory. This area should respond to adelgid treatments if it hasn't already been treated. I'm guessing that someone has treated it. I haven't seen such green hemlocks in the mountains in some time.
Any help will be apprecited.
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.