Eggs have already hatched this year and the HWA is rapidly expanding its range. The problems of the hemlocks weighs heavily on the arboreal community. The hemlock woolly adelgid has the potential to drive the hemlocks to local extinction within several years. The Building Inspectionshemlocks may survive as a species in colder regions, but they could disappear from their oldest habitat in the country.
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Blozan has been covered by TNN for a special called Unspoiled Country, interviewed by Dan Rather of CBS News, and covered in the Wall Street Journal. He dedicates a large part of his business and personal time towards a better understanding of the insect and the hemlocks. Never before has such an undertaking been proactively performed- before the complete regional demise of a species.
He spends as much time as possible exploring and measuring the trees in the natural habitats of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and places as far away as the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness in northern Michigan, and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Bob Leverett, co-founder of ENTS, describes Blozan’s passion for trees. People don’t realize how intense Will is about his love of trees and his focus on forest documentation. Large parts of the national forest could disappear without anyone documenting them. When Blozan is not deducing the plight of hemlocks in the Swannanoa Valley, he is visiting the Great Smoky Mountains national park to document the hemlocks.
Documenting hemlocks in the Appalachians might sound as adrenalin-filled as bird watching. But to accurately measure these giants of the forest, Blozan uses ropes and sling-shots to scale these trees to the very pinnacles. Of the 20 or so trees accurately measured over 160 feet, all but a half-dozen grow in the Smokies. The tallest tree ever located, climbed, and tape-dropped for a measurement accuracy within one inch stood 169’10 feet. Blozan climbed this tree with his business partner, Brian Hinshaw, in April 1998. The team also measured the displacement volume of the tree to determine how much wood the tree contained.