Cane Creek/Cold Hill Area
Cane Creek is a mid-sized watershed that flows into the Rockcastle River just north of Bee Rock Campground in Laurel County in the London District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. One of the far upper reaches of Cane Creek, in the Cold Hill Area, contains a selectively logged old-growth forest that still contains a many old and large trees. The forest's structure was studied in depth as part of a Master's Thesis by Kacie Tackett at Eastern Kentucky University (see below).
The old forest is restricted to the ravine, while the uplands have been heavily logged in recent years by the Forest Service for a combination of commercial sales and forestry research.
Hemlock is a major component of this forest, and it does not appear to have been treated for the hemlock wooly adelgid - unlike Angel Hollow to the north and Rock Creek to the south. If left untreated the hemlocks will likely decline in coming years changing this forest dramatically.
Tackett, K.L. 2012. Forest dynamics of two multi-aged hemlock-mixed mesophytic forests in the northern Cumberland Plateau, Kentucky. Master’s Thesis, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.