Parson Branch Road in Cades Cove could be closed through 2016 – The Daily Times: News
The ravages of a tiny insect have forced Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to close Parson Branch Road in Cades Cove. It is not expected to reopen in 2016.
More than 1,700 hazardous trees, damaged by the hemlock woolly adelgid, have been identified within falling distance of the 8-mile roadway. It will cost between $300,000 and $450,000 to remove the hazardous trees along the road, which closely winds along the creek through mature forests containing a high concentration of the Eastern hemlock trees that are being attacked by the 1/16-inch beetles.
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