Once, our longleaf pines produced the materials that helped ships travel around the globe — but the profits came at a price. Now, the forests that rang out with the sounds of industry stand quiet, and the last witnesses to that era are a rare find indeed.
As the embattled tree attempts a comeback, Blowing Rock’s legendary Green Park Inn does its part by showcasing the wood and nurturing saplings.
Speaker for the Trees
John Simcox Holmes set out to understand the connection between clear-cut logging and flooding on his farm. Along the way, he gave trees a voice and helped save the state’s forests.
The Wisdom of Trees
Forestry didn’t exist in America until two men — each with his own vision for how to protect our woodlands — arrived in western North Carolina and nurtured the profession into being.