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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: 73

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: 7
Views: 344

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: 244

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: 491

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: 1385

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: 1385

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: 639

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: 692

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...
by JHarkness
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Forest Preservation and Conservation
Topic: What's Wrong With Our Conservation Paradigm?
Replies: 0
Views: 829

What's Wrong With Our Conservation Paradigm?

You wake up early one morning with the intent of climbing the highest mountain in your ecoregion, you set out from an early successional shrub thicket that was pasture-land several years earlier. Later, you ascend through an old growth montane oak forest and find yourself among vast alpine blueberry...
by JHarkness
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: An Ode to the Bradford Pear
Replies: 6
Views: 1408

Re: An Ode to the Bradford Pear

Rand, Do you know why callery pears so frequently escape from planted trees in Ohio? I always hear of how "invasive" they are, and almost always, the location described in is Ohio. Or is this even the case, and they really only invade highly disturbed areas? I have never seen an escapee in my part o...

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