“This big tree protects this area from being opened up to erosion, and there are very few other species that can grow in this environment and get that large, and provide the same protection.” The hemlocks are part of a complex ecosystem along the Cumberland Plateau that supports one of the most diverse collection of plants and animals in the world, scientists say.
And its an ecosystem under a variety of human-made threats.
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There are none of the aphids on this tree yet, said Todd Crabtree, Tennessee state botanist.The Cleveland Fire Department responded around 1PM on reports of an odor that was making people sick. Restaurant employees evacuated the building while the fire trucks were in route. TRENTON, Georgia (WDEF) Dade County deputies have arrested two students for bringing a gun to the High School this morning. “It’s a major hot spot for many biodiversity groups in the temperate zone of the world,” Evans said, including salamanders, trees, land snails, and a variety of North American mammals.“We are part of that broader region, but here, because we interface with the highland rim (which drops down into valleys along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers), and, as you go west, you get prairie remnants (of traditional prairie lands of the Midwest) and their ecosystems in middle Tennessee, some of that also spills over into the western escarpment of the plateau.”“We have all this natural land on this campus that gives us the unique opportunity to train students in the area of environmental stewardship,” he said.NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – In the two weeks since the shooting that claimed 17 lives at a high school in Parkland, Florida, hundreds across the globe have come together to pledge funds and support to the s CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) Wildlife officials investigated the case of a raccoon that was reportedly burned alive.The report was that a volunteer firefighter found the animal at the Highway 58 department. (AP) – Volkswagen will idle a Tennessee plant for two weeks this spring, amid slowing demand for its Passat sedan. SODDY DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – A Soddy Daisy family’s home goes up in flames early this morning.Jon Evans, assistant provost for environmental stewardship and sustainability at Sewanee: University of the South, describes the way diverse plant life can spread in Shakerag Cove, a wilderness area on the university's eastern Tennessee campus.Just west of Chattanooga, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation scientists are defending towering hemlock trees in coves along the Cumberland Plateau from a tiny, fuzzy white pest dubbed the hemlock woolly adelgid.Nymph and adult forms of the pest insert a stylet – a contraption similar to a hypodermic needle – on the branches of the evergreen trees, sucking in the sap and nutrients that are supposed to be feeding the trees.Scientists believe the insect may actually be injecting their own saliva into the tree to disrupt plant growth, and enhance their feeding.