Old Maids Woods, Schenectady County

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Old Maids Woods, Schenectady County

Post by ElijahW » Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:57 pm

NTS,

Today I visited Old Maids Woods, west of Albany, NY, to follow up on an tree survey I did in 2015. When I searched for the appropriate thread on the BBS, I realized it didn’t exist and that I’d never reported on my original visit. Oops. I’ll have to do the whole thing now, I guess.

Old Maids Woods is primarily an Oak-Pine forest, a remnant of what would have in the past been common on elevated sites between the Pitch Pine barrens closer to Albany and the hills on either side of the Mohawk Valley. The NY old growth search team conducted two surveys of Old Maids Woods nearly twenty years ago, and Neil Pederson also did some research on the site. Here are links to their work:
http://www.ancientforests.us/surveys/OldMaidsWoods.htm
http://www.nativetreesociety.org/fieldt ... _woods.htm

Here are the trees I measured today and in 2015:

Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus

141.5’
138.0’ x 10.78’
130.0’
126.0’

Red Pine Pinus resinosa

105.7’ x 5.29’
100.0’

Pitch Pine Pinus rigida

103.6’ x 4.59’
102.7’ x 4.63’
96.0’

Eastern Hemlock Tsuga canadensis

128.3’
127.4’
121.0’
118.3’ x 6.30’

Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia

111.0’

Red Maple Acer rubrum

107.7’ x 6.59’
96.0’ x 4.21’
96.0’

Black Birch Betula lenta

84.0’
80.1’ x 3.34’
78.0’
58.7’

Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra

109.1’ x 7.47’
108.0’

Black Oak Quercus velutina

106.0’ x 5.57’
103.0’
98.4’ x 6.65’
89.1’ x 8.48’

White Oak Quercus alba

105.1’ x 9.90’
102.0’

Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor

75.1’

American Chestnut Castanea dentata

59.3’ x 1.75’

Rucker 10 Index: 110.2’

Some photos from today’s trip:
Tallest Pitch Pine measured
Tallest Pitch Pine measured
Healthy Chestnut
Healthy Chestnut
Bark on the tallest Black Oak measured
Bark on the tallest Black Oak measured
Elijah
"There is nothing in the world to equal the forest as nature made it. The finest formal forest, the most magnificent artificially grown woods, cannot compare with the grandeur of primeval woodland." Bob Marshall, Recreational Limitations to Silviculture in the Adirondacks

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