Millions and millions of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid are decimating vast acres of Eastern and Carolina hemlock trees from northern Georgia to southern Maine, including the North Carolina mountains. Here in the western part of the state where I live, they are actually having to close down the camp grounds due to falling Hemlock trees that have fallen and injured people on the ground. The woolly adelgid has quite a large appetite and the hemlocks are going down fast. The problem stems from the microscopic adelgids being an invasive species of parasite that do not have any predators here in the US.
However, one certain medicinal mushroom, Reishi is taking advantage of the Hemlocks demise and this fungus is calling the dying hemlocks home and in the process producing a lot of Reishi to make medicine from. Since Reishi is very good for treating radiation exposure, for cancer, for the heart so cardiovascular disease, and for longevity perhaps this bittersweet loss of so many eastern Hemlocks means more of what our community needs to combat the modern day diseases of toxicity…….Perhaps.