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by wisconsitom
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: New MA state champion yellow birch
Replies: 7
Views: 2141

Re: New MA state champion yellow birch

Impressive allegheniensis! Keeping in mind this species predilection towards starting life atop a rotting stump or log, it's quite common to see large old yellopw birch "standing on stilts" the old stump or log having long since rotted away. But this is a nice one and I agree that the form is great.
by wisconsitom
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Michigan
Topic: Northern White Cedar in the Thumb
Replies: 11
Views: 2269

Re: Northern White Cedar in the Thumb

Wonderful. I was referring to my own state's Door County as Thuja-central. It really is. And this peninsula, perhaps unlike the one you are exploring, is made of rock-dolomite to be exact. Door County is part of the same ancient reef that is Niagara Falls. It is all over this arch of the US and adja...
by wisconsitom
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Michigan
Topic: Northern White Cedar in the Thumb
Replies: 11
Views: 2269

Re: Northern White Cedar in the Thumb

Good going Luke. As a Wisconsinite, and one with much awareness of where Thuja occidentalis does and does not grow well, I'd always wondered about that part of Michigan. It is in some sense the geographical equivalent of our Door County, which juts into Lake Michigan as a peninsula and is Thuja-cent...
by wisconsitom
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: General Science Discussions
Topic: MA study, growth rates
Replies: 11
Views: 2351

Re: MA study, growth rates

The vines thing is interesting; What I think I'm seeing is greater vigor in roadside vines. Typically, they will be climbing up some conifer, which with their tiered branching arrangement makes them ideal trellises for grape vines. So, wherever there are roadside pines, spruce, Thuja, etc. one sees ...
by wisconsitom
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: General Science Discussions
Topic: MA study, growth rates
Replies: 11
Views: 2351

Re: MA study, growth rates

Agree with you Joe-net forest loss is all that matters. Endless hair-splitting about which terrible event or trend is more terrible than other terrible trends or events maybe just makes some people think there's some magic bullet out there-like we only need to retain a little strip of forest to reta...
by wisconsitom
Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Wildlife and Wildlife Encounters
Topic: Bear attack! (On my Doug-fir tree?!?!)
Replies: 18
Views: 5492

Re: Bear attack! (On my Doug-fir tree?!?!)

Tree appears to be planted too deeply. You want to be able to see the root flare when done planting. In this case, the root flare is buried, and in time, that will kill this tree. I'd recommend digging it back up, planting it correctly, staking if needed-for no more than one year-your tree is weak f...
by wisconsitom
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: PA Great Lakes Region
Topic: Erie Big Tree Tour
Replies: 4
Views: 1382

Re: Erie Big Tree Tour

Great red oaks. Love that tree and its associates. As for why this is bolded, I have no idea and the controls aren't working!
by wisconsitom
Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Central America
Topic: Looking for a term
Replies: 3
Views: 1024

Re: Looking for a term

Word I was looking for was dipterocarp. Not exactly the correct meaning, but much overlap between the characteristic I spoke of originally and the species included therein.
by wisconsitom
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Post Here First - Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hidden Life of Trees
Replies: 12
Views: 3611

Re: Hidden Life of Trees

Heard Wohlleben interviewed not once but twice on NPR. I found it interesting. The man speaks with a heavy German accent, so there's that, but I found his approach at least somewhat similar to many of ours; He is fascinated by the mycorrhizal network and things of that nature and so am I. I heard hi...
by wisconsitom
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Measurement and Dendromorphometry
Topic: Thuja occidentalis
Replies: 11
Views: 3469

Re: Thuja occidentalis

Years ago-back in the late 70's, I did a bunch of increment borings of white cedar all over this neck of the woods, but that data is hopelessly lost. I was comparing site index to soil pH, as white cedar is a known calciphile. But again, sorry to say, I didn't do a very good job of retaining that in...

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