Brief Hemlock Notes from Northern Georgia  

TOPIC: Brief hemlock notes from northern Georgia

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Date: Sun, Jul 27 2008 6:50 pm
From: JamesRobertSmith

My wife and I spent a very abbreviated vacation in the north Georgia
mountain. We'd intended originally to stay there almost a week, but
due to not being able to get some annual leave we only had one night
and two days. So I didn't get to see Cooper Creek Recreation Area, and
only a very brief look at Sosebee Cove.

What I did do was go to the Len Foote Hike Inn. I hiked around
Amicalola State Park and did a little hiking on the AT out of Neels

What I noted was that in some places there was no sign at all of hwa,
and in others only light effect so far. So for some reason the bugs
either haven't reached entire sections of the Chattahoochee National
Forest, or have just hit.

I asked the folk at Neels Gap if they were going to treat the big
hemlocks around the store there. "It's too expensive," came the reply.

"How's that?" I asked.

"Those beetles cost two dollars each!"

I had to choke back the rage.

"The beetles are pointless," I told them. "You use Merit, or some
other form of Imadacloprid." They didn't know what I was talking
about. What is it with the beetles propaganda? Is someone making a lot
of money promoting a losing and pointless battle? What the HELL??!!

At any rate, I saw many stands of hemlocks in this part of Georgia
that seem to be only very lightly infested, or completely free of hwa.
There's still time to save vast stands there, which stunned me,
because as the crow flies I was not that far from areas where the hwa
has killed virtually every hemlock around.

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Date: Sun, Jul 27 2008 8:40 pm
From: James Parton


People are morons. With a few ads I have seen and some media attention
given to the hemlocks I don't understand peoples ignorance. And people
have been using imidacloprid to treat hemlocks for some time now. I
wonder what people think when they see their hemlocks die? Do they
wonder why?


TOPIC: Brief hemlock notes from northern Georgia

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Date: Mon, Jul 28 2008 5:19 am

James and James,

We're dealing with the folks in Chattahoochee NF. Need I say more?