Hemlock a forest giant on the edge edited by david r foster written by anthony damato benjamin baiser aaron m ellison david foster david orwig wyatt oswald audrey barker plotkin and jonathan thompson stephen long consulting editor foreword by robert sullivan. Hemlock a forest giant on the edge would make an excellent addition to the library of any researcher or professional with tree related interests or any tree enthusiast eager to learn more about this important species. Book excerpt hemlock a forest giant on the edge david r foster editor editors note eastern hemlock tsuga canadensis is an iconic tree species in northeastern forests and the appalachian mountains it has faced peril in the past but is now faced with perhaps its most deadly threat the invasive and devastating insect pest hemlock woolly. In hemlock a forest giant on the edge editor david foster director of harvard forest and coauthors explore the natural and human history of hemlock from the end of the last ice age through its recent and precipitous decline as the adelgid races northward this is not a chronological history or a depressing gloom and doom monologue. We have gathered together today in a still dark grove on the side of a hill to say a few words about hemlock we have gathered in fact in a hemlock forest to say these few words though we are a small group and there are not many words and nothing anyone can say can possibly sum up the long life of hemlock on the eastern seaboard of north america which began shortly after the last ice
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