There are trees on Bear Island? We're talking Bear Island NC, in Hammock's Beach National Park outside of Swansboro, at the southern tip-end of the Outer Banks, correct? I've been to the island several times and one thing I didn't see much of were substantial trees. Granted I spent most of my time either at the ferry dock, on the path to the beach across the center of the island, or on the ocean-side beach itself.
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