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by Ranger Dan
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: surviving American chestnuts
Replies: 0
Views: 683

surviving American chestnuts

Here are some images of an old American chestnut tree I found in NC along a trail at a high elevation several years ago. Not extraordinarily large, but the character of the bark seems to indicate that this may be a pre-blight survivor. It's located in old-growth forest. I can look up the exact locat...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: archival chestnut photo
Replies: 4
Views: 1229

Re: archival chestnut photo

Thanks, Lucas. That's one of the best photos of giant chestnut trees I know of. I think it's been posted here before...but I didn't recall the location. Here's my favorite, also from the Smokies:
by Ranger Dan
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: archival chestnut photo
Replies: 4
Views: 1229

archival chestnut photo

Does anyone know if the photo described here has been located and uploaded? If so, please share. The following quote is from "Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Great Smoky Mountains National Park" by Arthur Stupka: The photograph of a slightly larger tree from within the park area appeared in the Jo...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Post Here First - Introduce Yourself
Topic: Intro from Western NC
Replies: 11
Views: 2522

Re: Intro from Western NC

Now that is a fascinating tree! Assemblage of trees, actually! This is the kind of post I wish we could see more of. Remarkable trees. Casual measurements work fine for me to give an idea of the dimensions, and the video is especially revealing! It's refreshing to have something that connects to a s...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: West Virginia
Topic: Lead Mine White Oak
Replies: 16
Views: 2601

Re: Lead Mine White Oak

Wow! There's a white oak as large or larger than the famous Wye Oak??!! Pardon my ignorance, but wasn't it the largest white oak ever recorded? What a shame that the dimensions and images of this mystery tree have never been reported or shared! Would it be possible for you to somehow ensure that the...
by Ranger Dan
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: West Virginia
Topic: Lead Mine White Oak
Replies: 16
Views: 2601

Re: Lead Mine White Oak

Gaines et al- After reading your account of childhood wanderings in your neighborhood to find big trees, I felt compelled to contribute. The feeling you describe on discovering a titanic being that lived in a time long gone, witness to the passing of ages, is like the experiences that my brother and...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: New York
Topic: Forests of Upper Perry Hill Brook
Replies: 6
Views: 942

Re: Forests of Upper Perry Hill Brook

Joshua-

Thank you for sharing those great photos and interesting descriptions of your magnificent forest. It's great to know that places like this exist outside of public property.

Dan
by Ranger Dan
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Invasive Species and Tree Diseases
Topic: White Tailed Deer Damage to Northeastern Forests
Replies: 21
Views: 2955

Re: White Tailed Deer Damage to Northeastern Forests

Yes, I, too, have too much property to protect it all. So I decided to fence in a place with the best potential for harboring a variety of species. The few acres that are enclosed serve as a reservoir of plant material which one day may populate the surrounding area once the deer explosion has ended...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Invasive Species and Tree Diseases
Topic: White Tailed Deer Damage to Northeastern Forests
Replies: 21
Views: 2955

Re: White Tailed Deer Damage to Northeastern Forests

I also have a rather large woodland tract, and have been concerned about the impact of the "deer infestation" here in central Virginia. For many years, I have been introducing a variety of native herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs to my property. It has been necessary to protect them from deer. Th...
by Ranger Dan
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Washington
Topic: Middle Fork Snoqualmie Old Growth
Replies: 8
Views: 1527

Re: Middle Fork Snoqualmie Old Growth

"Maddy"- I wanted to let you know that your contribution is very much appreciated! I personally would like to see more reports like yours on this site, with emphasis on sharing your experience of the thrill of discovery, and aesthetic appreciation. I enjoyed all the descriptions and photos of the aw...

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