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A Farewell To The Eastern Hemlock

AP/U.S. Forest Service/Dennis J. Souto
This is an undated photo of egg masses of the hemlock woolly adelgid.

In the current issue of the nature writing magazine Orion, Robert Sullivan has an essay eulogizing the Eastern Hemlock.

This tree is being decimated by the hemlock wooly adelgid, a tiny but massively destructive pest. Sullivan says the hemlock has never been a particularly well-loved tree, but the experience of being in a dark, quiet, hemlock forest, where the falling pine needles create their own ambient sound would be enough to turn anyone into a fan.

Sullivan is the author of many books and has written the forward for the new book, Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, which was recently adapted in Orion Magazine. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the tree that appears to be on its way out.