Letter: Caldwell's hemlocks need help

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 01:14 AM

To the editor:

I live in the mountains in northern Caldwell County, where we have a lot of eastern hemlocks. At one time it appeared that some agency was releasing a large quantity of what looked like lady bugs every fall. While they were something of a nuisance since they got into our houses in substantial quantities, they at least must have been doing some good. The hemlocks showed some signs of damage from the woolly adelgids but it was fairly minimal and the hemlocks were doing reasonably well. The last few years this hasn't happened and the hemlocks have deteriorated rapidly. I hope they can get this new beetle ("Fate of hemlock trees rests on beetle's appetite," March 23 News-Topic) out soon before all our hemlocks are gone.

John Worsley

Lenoir