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Adirondack Adventures - 3

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:01 am
by dbhguru

The story of the white pine in the New York Adirondacks is often told by lumbermen as tales expressed in board feet. One might conclude that the story ended with exhaustion of the resource and the formation of the Adirondack Park, however, the story continues. Great white pines are still around, a lot of them. Here is an image of one not far from the Cathedral Pines. You bushwhack into a forest of balsam fir seedlings and young American beech to arrive at the base of another Adirondack whopper. The one below is 12.9 feet in girth and 136.5 feet in height. Monica took the image. She's a trooper.
Now to three more images of the Lyndacker Pine, named not only in Matt's honor, but also his grandfather.
I keep calculating volume scenarios and my latest conclusion is that the Lyndacker Pine holds between 1,150 and 1,250 cubes. So for the present, I'm going to put the volume as a tentative 1,200 cubes. This determination results from the simple calculation:

25.2 x 129.1 x 0.37 = 1204, where 25.2 = 17.8^2/(4 * pi)

I'm always unsure of how the multiple trunks would translate to an equivalent single trunk, but the 0.37 seems a safe form factor for a tree that is the age of the Lyndacker Pine. The precise volume won't be forthcoming until Will and team climbs this great tree. That will be another chapter in the saga.


Re: Adirondack Adventures - 3

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:17 am
by James Parton
Yes, Blozan should jump on this one. The Lyndacker Pine.

Re: Adirondack Adventures - 3

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:20 am
by Marcboston
It is hard to really appreciate how big some of the trees that are viewed on here. But that Lyndacker Pine looks like a monster. The shot looking up at the multiple trunk formations is really striking. What an awesome tree.

Re: Adirondack Adventures - 3

Posted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:01 pm
by Jess Riddle

Any idea what allowed this particular pine to grow so large? You've spent more time looking at big white pines than anyone, and from your description, this tree sounds far larger than any other white pine we know of (except perhaps the Zahner pine near Highlands, NC). Quite impressive!