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by Ranger Dan
Sat May 04, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: Tree of the Week
Topic: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Tuliptree
Replies: 21
Views: 4085

Re: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Tuliptree

I visited the Wasilik Poplar a year ago for the third time. I saw it alive and healthy in the 1980's. It is long dead, with all the bark long gone, rotting, a standing stump, but still impressive. The trail was open and very popular during wildflower season (early May) last year, and the display and...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Virginia
Topic: Blue Ridge Parkway Tuliptree Search, VA
Replies: 10
Views: 3581

Re: Blue Ridge Parkway Tuliptree Search, VA

This Virginia boy was trying to think of good places to maybe find tall tuliptrees here...A few years ago, while hiking in Rockcastle Gorge (south of Floyd), I found a very large old-growth tuliptree just in sight of the trail. Six feet in diameter, roughly. It's located down in the valley, so may b...
by Ranger Dan
Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: California
Topic: Tunnel Tree - a remarkable sequoia
Replies: 6
Views: 2756

Re: Tunnel Tree - a remarkable sequoia

Ah yes, a splendid "passage tree"! And there are many more giant Sequoias like it that you can walk through. Saw two passage trees in Redwood Canyon in Sequoia N.P. this summer, one right above the road. Every fire-sculpted giant is a unique and fascinating work of art. The dimensions of the opening...
by Ranger Dan
Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: California
Topic: Desolation Wilderness, CA
Replies: 13
Views: 3646

Re: Desolation Wilderness, CA

Western white pine, yep. Coincidental that the topic would come up. I just got back home from another vacation in the Sierra, visiting with a friend in Tahoe who really knows his Sierra trees. On our trip to Sequoia National Park we hiked though a long stretch of countless amazing and gorgeous speci...
by Ranger Dan
Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Old Growth on private land.... Does anyone here have it?
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

Re: Old Growth on private land.... Does anyone here have it?

All good advice. The Nature Conservancy does indeed accept land donations and then sells them for a greater cause of buying up the "last great places". They only keep exceptional, usually very large properties. Yes, Rex, I have planted white pine around part of my property as a screen and buffer. It...
by Ranger Dan
Tue May 29, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Old Growth on private land.... Does anyone here have it?
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

Re: Old Growth on private land.... Does anyone here have it?

Rex- Bless you! Hopefully you will be able to put your land into a conservation easement that will preserve the forest in perpetuity. I, too, am preserving my land. It's 29 acres, mostly wooded (last logged, selectively, in the 1950's), with some trees over a hundred years old and a couple over 40" ...
by Ranger Dan
Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: "virgin forest", a useful and pleasing term
Replies: 5
Views: 3220

"virgin forest", a useful and pleasing term

There have been many negative comments about the term "virgin forest". I think it is not an undignified practice to occasionally use unscientific terms, especially when we are called upon to regard the forest for aesthetic appreciation. To some, a definition of "virgin forest" would exclude all huma...
by Ranger Dan
Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: Suggestions for a tree lovers visit to GSMNP?
Replies: 12
Views: 3071

Re: Suggestions for a tree lovers visit to GSMNP?

Porter's Creek, near the Ramsay Cascades Trail, is one of my favorite ancient forest trails, with a nice, long stretch of never-logged forest with giant tuliptrees and other ancient trees starting after a mile or two, and beside a beautiful stream. In the Cades Cove area is the Forney Ridge Trail, w...
by Ranger Dan
Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Phildelphia and the Countryside
Topic: Tyler State Park, Pa.
Replies: 8
Views: 2939

Re: Tyler State Park, Pa.

Thanks for the detailed report and images! I'm surprised to hear of so many big tulips in one park in PA. Sounds like a place worth traveling to see.
by Ranger Dan
Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Georgia
Topic: Explanation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1026

Re: Explanation?

I would agree, these are roots that have grown into rotten wood inside the tree cavity. If this were a hemlock, or black or yellow birch, I would agree that it could have germinated on a stump. But it looks like a tuliptree, and I believe they never get their start on a nurse log or stump. The log i...

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