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Balsam woolly adelgid, an insect that destroys wild fir trees, was first discovered in 1957 on Mount Mitchell, N.C., shown in an undated photograph. (Robert F. Billings/Texas Forest Service)

Christmas trees devastated by woolly pest

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By Darryl Fears

The Washington Post

In West Virginia’s scenic Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, with its gently sloping mountains and emerald acres of timber, Mike Powell relishes the perks of his job as a caretaker of the land: the sounds of a gurgling stream and the fresh pine scent of evergreens.

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