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Title Gully and sheet erosion (mulching with pine)
Date November 1941
Description Additional card text: "Shows same area in process of being mulched with pine brush. See neg# 5433 and 5434" Photo shows an area along the Blue Ridge Parkway suffering from soil erosion. Taken by "DWL" in November 1941, Station 357-361, Section 2E, Milepost 268.
Commentary Though one of the Blue Ridge Parkway planners' ultimate goals was conservation, sometimes construction of the Parkway caused habitat destruction and erosion. This section of the parkway was constructed from 1936 to 1937. Various federal and state agencies, like the Bureau of Public Roads and Civilian Conservation Corps helped with construction.
Location Location Name: Milepost 268
Parkway Milepost: 268.0
Latitude: 36.279869
Longitude: -81.41477
Creator Individual Daniel W. Levandowsky
Creator Organization National Park Service—Blue Ridge Parkway
Tags Ashe County (N.C.)
E.B. Jeffress Park (N.C.)
Forest conservation
Road damage
Sheet erosion
Storm damage
Wilkes County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway