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This was taken at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the hike to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park.

As you can see in the picture, a decent number of the trees are dead. This is a result of the nonnative hemlock woolly adelgids, which has greatly depleted the hemlock growth in the park and other Carolina/Tennessee areas.

I was really surprised at the number of dead trees at the high elevations in the park.

An organization, Save Our Hemlocks is working along with the park service to combat the insect problem.

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