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by Jess Riddle
Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Mississippi
Topic: Vicksburg National Military Park, MS
Replies: 4
Views: 1380

Vicksburg National Military Park, MS

NTS, 12/13/2014 A high bluff of loess hills lines the eastern side of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. In northern Mississippi, the river flows far from that high ground, up to 60 miles, making reliable dry landings for river going vessels a dubious prospect. Not surprisingly, cities grew up at eith...
by Jess Riddle
Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Arkansas
Topic: Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area, AR
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area, AR

NTS, A long growing season and rich moist soils give the lower Mississippi River floodplain great potential for producing diverse and productive forest. Those same conditions create great agricultural potential. As reservoirs and levees have disconnected the floodplain from the river, corn and soybe...
by Jess Riddle
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Rider Hollow, Balsam Mountain
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: Rider Hollow, Balsam Mountain

Elijah, The spruce looked to you like white spruce? The trees in that grove are the tallest NTS has measured for the species, but I've been hesitant to list them in the MaxList. I'm not very familiar with the species, so I haven't been positive of the ID. White spruce is the only species I know of w...
by Jess Riddle
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: South Carolina
Topic: All Saints Church Cemetery
Replies: 2
Views: 898

Re: All Saints Church Cemetery


I haven't noticed southern red being particularly droopy. Pignut hickory is the only hickory species I've seen on the barrier islands. Water hickory fruits are usually small and slightly flattened, so your fruit looks more like pignut.

by Jess Riddle
Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Green Lakes State Park, New York
Replies: 32
Views: 5849

Green Lakes State Park, New York

NTS, Tom Howard has reported on significant trees at Green Lakes State Park several times, and NTS has measured trees there as far back as Bob Leverett’s visit in 2002. I wanted to provide a little more background information of the park, because the site is by far the most significant big tree loca...
by Jess Riddle
Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Sprakers, NY, European Alders
Replies: 5
Views: 1124

Re: Sprakers, NY, Speckled Alders


I pretty sure Will's correct on the ID. I've seen European black alder just downstream of Sprakers. They certainly stand out.

by Jess Riddle
Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Replies: 32
Views: 6108

Re: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

Erik, Inwood Hill Park is the one forested area I've always heard about in NYC, so it's great to see some numbers on what's hiding behind the skyscrapers. Certainly some impressive trees. The buttressed elm looks pretty clearly like American. The other one I'm less confidient about, but would still ...
by Jess Riddle
Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Nebraska
Topic: Fontenelle Forest
Replies: 8
Views: 3021

Fontenelle Forest

Nts, Omaha, Nebraska may be one of the most unlikely places to look for old-growth forest in the United States. The state’s largest conglomeration of asphalt and concrete, the city sits in the middle of a corn belt hundreds of miles wide, much of it growing out of old prairie soils. Omaha perches on...
by Jess Riddle
Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Arizona
Topic: Northern Arizona, 2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1365

Re: Northern Arizona, 2015


I always enjoy hearing about your western adventures. Looks like you turned up some impressively large trees this time. That peachleaf willow is huge compared to what I'm accustomed to see from the Midwest.

by Jess Riddle
Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: Virginia
Topic: Caledon State Park, VA
Replies: 9
Views: 2190

Re: Caledon State Park, VA


Wonderful report, as usual. Great to see such an important site getting the full measuring treatment it deserves.


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