Feb
21

DOGHOBBLE

  Forgive me for taking time away from the National Crisis to focus on a Local Crisis,

Doghobble

Forgive me for taking time away from the National Crisis to focus on a Local Crisis, but a local community is under attack. The survival of the community is uncertain. The enemy remains unidentified. This is a community of plants, mind you, not people, but that makes the sight of its devastation no less alarming. This community has lived for untold generations in the narrow valley of a creek that flows into the Toxaway River arm of Lake Jocassee. The Foothills Trail wanders through; a campground is positioned in its heart. For a quarter mile or more along the trail, almost every plant of the species Leucothoe fontanesiana - better know to mountain families as doghobble - is reduced to bare, limber green branches, devoid of the thick, leathery, evergreen leaves. The sight is shocking. I mean, come on, what eats doghobble? Surely I’m not the only one to have noticed. What on earth is going on? ~K

 
                                                                   
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