Witnessing a dying breed of tree

Last month, Xpress writer Kent Priestley took to the woods with arborist Will Blozan. Their destination: a north-facing cove in the Cataloochee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The objective: to get measurements of a giant Eastern hemlock tree.

The story appears in this week’s Xpress, and the online version also includes a slideshow made up of pictures and audio from his trip with Blozan.

— Jon Elliston, managing editor

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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3 thoughts on “Witnessing a dying breed of tree

  1. Excellent story, Kent.

    I assume you saw the similar story in the NYT a couple of weeks ago?

    I had students writing about the wooly adelgid ten years ago in an enviromental journalism class I taught at Warren Wilson. I wonder how many trees have died since then?

  2. Hey Kent, I heard you on the radio talking about this. I just wanted to say it was a great and very informative interview.

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