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by JHarkness
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Forest Management
Topic: Restoration of Sugar Maple Stand
Replies: 4
Views: 359

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: 359

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: 209

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: 179

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: 395

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: 697

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...
by JHarkness
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Vermont
Topic: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP and Billings Park
Replies: 8
Views: 927

Re: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP and Billings Park

ENTS, I failed to report on a visit I made to the park in September of 2018. I did not bring a tripod and the in-leaf canopy made hitting the true tops of many of these trees very difficult. So please consider these height numbers on the low side. The white pines and Norway spruce may be the stars o...
by JHarkness
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Special Lists
Topic: County Rucker Index
Replies: 24
Views: 2819

Re: County Rucker Index

I decided to also put together an RHI10 for Columbia County, which neighbors Dutchess to the north. This county RHI is probably an even poorer representation of what trees currently grow in the county, let alone what once did. Columbia is under even more widespread and intensive agriculture than Dut...
by JHarkness
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Special Lists
Topic: County Rucker Index
Replies: 24
Views: 2819

Re: County Rucker Index

Since Erik mentioned Dutchess County, I shall do my part and contribute what I believe is the most accurate current RHI10 for the county based on my own findings and Elijah's reports from along the Hudson River. It should be kept in mind that this is only representing two sites, the Vanderbilt Estat...
by JHarkness
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: California
Topic: FR whodunnit mystery
Replies: 35
Views: 2561

Re: FR whodunnit mystery

I am confused here, have I missed something in my absence from the BBS? What exactly is this FR site? I do hope someone can explain this for my sake, and for any others who have not heard of this.

Thanks,
Joshua Harkness

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