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Kirk Johnson, executive director of
Friends of Allegheny Wilderness. "It
would be tragic to lose trees that
have stood since Columbus arrived in North America."

ters, scientists believe, have fueled
the invasion rapidly north and west.
HWA has wreaked destruction on
hemlocks in the southern Appalachians.
Some trees killed in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park were 800
years old and hemlock mortality has
reached 95 percent in Shenandoah
National Park.
HWA punctures hemlock needles
and sucks out fluid. Infested trees
turn gray and sickly. Without treatment to diminish the pest, most die
within five years.
Hemlock stands in eastern
Pennsylvania have already suffered
major loss. HWA was detected at
Ohiopyle State Park three years
ago and now has been confirmed at
scattered sites within and near the
Allegheny National Forest, home to
Pennsylvania's most revered stands of
its official state tree.
Groups signing on to the effort,
known as The High Allegheny
Collaborative Hemlock Conservation
Strategy, won't give up their hemlock
without a fight.
"Some of the hemlocks at Hearts
Content and Tionesta on the national forest are 500 years old," said
8

Coming Together
The Allegheny Plateau sprawls in
an arc across northwestern Pennsylvania. Its vast forests are veined
with shady stands of eastern hemlock, mostly along streams. With a
half-million acres inside its boundaries, the Allegheny National Forest
dominates the plateau but juxtaposed around the federal lands are
state forests, state game lands, state
parks and large tracts owned by commercial forest products companies.
Hemlock grows on all of it, much to
the liking of HWA.
But forest managers reasoned that
if the plateau was inviting to HWA,
it also offered a plus in resisting the
pest.
"There's a unique situation on
the plateau because of the land
ownership pattern. Nowhere else in
the eastern United States can you
address so much forest by talking
with so few landowners," said Sarah
Johnson, Conservation GIS Analyst with The Nature Conservancy
(TNC) and coordinator of the joint
effort.
That opportunity prompted the
idea of forming a cooperative response to HWA.
"The U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
invited participation by TNC because it knows of TNC's ability to
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