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Cary's Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve closed next week

Posted August 28, 2010
Updated August 29, 2010

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve and the Stevens Nature Center in Cary will be closed Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 so staff can focus on treating the aggressive Hemlock Woolly Adelgids.

Woolly Adelgids sound like they might be the villain in some horror movie. In fact, they're an invasive, non-native aphid-like insect that could destroy the preserve's Hemlock trees. The bugs were found earlier this summer and have affected 11 trees. Next week, trees will undergo a first phase of treatment, weather permitting, called "bark painting." Click here to read more from Cary about the Woolly Adelgid.

The facilities are scheduled to reopen and operate under normal business hours Sept. 4.

Hemlock Bluffs and the Stevens Nature Center on Kildaire Farm Road are both centers of Cary's many nature programs with activities for toddlers to teens. The nature center includes an exhibit hall and gift shop. Hemlock Bluffs has about three miles of trails and that unique stand of Hemlock trees.

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  • shall6 Aug 30, 2010

    Thanks oldrebel! It's one of my favorites too.

  • oldrebel Aug 29, 2010

    Good story. I hope they get a handle on the infestation. Hemlock is among my favorite "postage stamp" parks in North Carolina.

  • shall6 Aug 29, 2010

    Noted and fixed. Thank you henrymiller.

  • henrymiller Aug 29, 2010

    "The bugs were found earlier this summer and have impacted 11 trees."

    Sorry to be pedantic, but the proper word is "affected," or perhaps, in this context, "infected," but not "impacted." Or it might be said that "the bugs had an impact on eleven trees."

    I don't know when people started treating "impact" and "affect" as synonyms, but it's an abuse of English to do so.