Part 2

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Because of the extent of the damage, most trees were still lying where they fell for most of the winter. In addition to the loss of trees cut by Duke Energy, many smaller pines and Eastern Red Cedars that were heavily bent (see photo above) will likely need to be removed, taking out much of the shrub layer in several trail sections. This was exacerbated by a second ice storm on 29 January that further weighed down and even broke already stressed trees and shrubs. Some trails were completely blocked and there will be plenty of clean-up to do through the winter and spring; final impact on research and education at Hilton Pond Center is not yet known.

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Storm damage also occurred at other sites besides the power line right-of-way at Hilton Pond Center. For example, several branches broke on a large Winged Elm (Ulmus alata) outside the kitchen window; one barely missed the the main bird feeder and pullstring trap stand when it fell (left).

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