This weekend, a film crew from Back 40 Films will finish location shooting for the company’s upcoming documentary, The Vanishing Hemlock, in the Cataloochee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The film’s subject is the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid, an exotic pest that is destroying native hemlock trees in their habitats along the Appalachian mountain chain. The East’s largest hemlocks are found within the Smokies, and have been hit hard by the adelgid since it was first recorded there in 2002.
Weather permitting, plans for this weekend’s shoot include Black Mountain arborist Will Blozan‘s climb of the “Usis” hemlock, one of Cataloochee’s largest hemlocks.
Back 40 Films is based in Charlotte. The company is receiving financial assistance for The Vanishing Hemlock from the Southern Documentary Fund.
— Kent Priestley, staff writer