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by JHarkness
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Off-topic - Post About Anything Here
Topic: How Honey is made, straight from the Beehive
Replies: 5
Views: 84

Re: How Honey is made, straight from the Beehive

At first glance, honey may not seem all that relevant to trees, but you have done an excellent job showing how it is. People are so divorced from Nature now that it can seem like all of our food comes from factories, grocery stores, etc. (essentially that it is an industrial product). Imagine if mor...
by JHarkness
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Phildelphia and the Countryside
Topic: Stateline Woods Preserve, off of Old Kennett Pike
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Stateline Woods Preserve, off of Old Kennett Pike

These are some very impressive trees, especially the beeches! This site doesn't look like old growth to me, but certainly older second growth possibly on rich soils. I don't know much about the historic land use in your area, so I am probably generalizing, but around here (east-central New York/west...
by JHarkness
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Forest Ecology and Processes
Topic: Preventing Wildfire Deaths in Western United States
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Re: Preventing Wildfire Deaths in Western United States

Managing forests better and restoring wetlands are the first things to come to my mind. Just think how many wetlands in California have been drained or modified for agricultural purposes, and it is easy to see how droughts and wildfires can dramatically increase in intensity. It is my personal opini...
by JHarkness
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Buckhorn Island State Park
Replies: 8
Views: 1403

Re: Buckhorn Island State Park

Erik, This is a beautiful site, with some truly remarkable trees! Having never thoroughly explored the forests of western New York, I'm somewhat surprised by the presence of some of these species here, particularly the shumard oak, which I would have totally walked by, dismissing it merely as a big ...
by JHarkness
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Tree Species, Families and Identification
Topic: Old-growth pitch pine or red pine?
Replies: 7
Views: 1373

Re: Old-growth pitch pine or red pine?

This is definitely Pinus rigida. Though an impressive specimen. All occurrences of P. resinosa in Connecticut are considered to be native, and extensive regeneration from plantations seems unlikely as the imported seedlings likely would be from a distinct population adapted to different climate, soi...
by JHarkness
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Connecticut
Topic: Cathedral Pines, Cornwall
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

Re: Cathedral Pines, Cornwall

Jared, I'm glad to see this site finally given the attention it deserves from someone with the time and energy to do so. I've long wanted to measure some of the trees here, living only ten miles away, but I've never gotten to around to measuring any of them. You've confirmed my suspicions that there...
by JHarkness
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Forest Management
Topic: Restoration of Sugar Maple Stand
Replies: 4
Views: 2182

Re: Restoration of Sugar Maple Stand

The tall white ash
The tall white ash
Red wake robin
Red wake robin
Wolf tree along trail
Wolf tree along trail
by JHarkness
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Forest Management
Topic: Restoration of Sugar Maple Stand
Replies: 4
Views: 2182

Restoration of Sugar Maple Stand

ENTS, I thought I'd share the story of my efforts to heal an abused stand of young sugar maples on my land in eastern New York. This site was cow pasture as recently as the late 1970s, since then it slowly turned into a thicket of multiflora rose and buckthorn, and now has been replaced primarily by...
by JHarkness
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: NE forests were old growth not cultured.
Replies: 2
Views: 1126

Re: NE forests were old growth not cultured.

This is a topic I have thought much about recently, and I generally don't fall for the idea that all of our New England forests were burned into oak forests; people often assume that all that mattered to the indigenous peoples of North America were abundant game and nut and berry producing plants, t...
by JHarkness
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Connecticut
Topic: Greenwich, CT Sites
Replies: 5
Views: 1440

Re: Greenwich, CT Sites

I don't think we should write off the northern part of Connecticut entirely, I've been meaning to measure a few tuliptrees in Sharon which I believe are over 130' and likely still quite young with a lot more growing to do, which I find somewhat remarkable considering that they are growing on rocky s...

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