BEECH MOUNTAIN — a more pleasant town name than “Deadwood,” no doubt.

But in a matter of only a few years, there may in fact be quite a bit of dead wood in the mountaintop community, as its signature beech trees are under siege by an invasion of Beech Bark Disease. Town leaders, with assistance from Avery County Cooperative Extension staff and local arborists, have launched a fight to preserve their namesake trees.

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