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Forest Service Dynamites old growth hemlocks in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Yesterday, April 5, Bob Wegener alerted me that the Forest Service had dynamited many hemlocks dying from woolly aldegid infestations in an effort to keep the trail safe for visitors.  But their efforts also ruined the trail.

Here's one comment: "Last week I visited Joyce Kilmer for the first time. I was shocked by the devastation. I greatly looked forward to wandering in the old growth, but the downed trees are so predominant, it was all we noticed. "  

You can see some pictures here:  

So if you were thinking of hiking this trail or bringing out of town visitors to see it, it's probably not a good idea.  The great big hemlock that required about 8 people to circle is no more.

There's more information here.