Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

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Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by Steve Galehouse » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:52 am

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Yesterday Rand Brown and I visited two sites in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; I reported on Hampton Hills yesterday, Virginia Kendall(41.22517, -81.5093) was our first stop and where we spent more time. I've reported about this site previously, but Rand and I measured more trees in some different areas of the park. The area has an entirely different aspect than Hampton Hills, with sandstone ledges instead of steep hills, and a somewhat different species makeup that includes yellow birch, eastern hemlock, and cucumber magnolia. Below is a summary of what we found; the exceptional trees were the 130.5' x 10' 5'' black cherry, and the 115.2' x 12' cucumber.
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Rock ledges:
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130.5' x 10' 5'' black cherry:
Black cherry 130,5' x 10' 5''.jpg
12' x 115.2' cucumber:
Cucumber magnolia 115,2' x 12'.jpg
138' x 10' tuliptree:
Tuliptree 138' x 10'.jpg
Red oak and bitternut:
Red oak 108' x 7' 6'' left, bitternut 103' x 7' 11''right.jpg
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Re: Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by James Parton » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:29 pm

Steve,

It looks like you and Randy had a good time. It is so nice getting out on a nice day and spending some time in the forest. You guys found some nice trees. Awesome Cucumber and Cherry!

I got out for a little while today and did a little measuring too. I'll post soon.
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Re: Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:50 am

I grew up in northeast Ohio, but didn't take advantage of the park system as much as I should have. I'm amazed at the quality of trees in the area. I got back there in 2007 to run the Burning River race through much of the Metroparks and CVNP. Have you done any measurements at the Holden Arboretum? There are several patches of old growth and some nice second growth on the grounds. The size of the Cherry is impressive!

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Re: Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by Steve Galehouse » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:08 pm

Brian-

Yes, Rand Brown, Ed Frank and I visited Holden two years ago---a link to the the trip report below:
http://groups.google.com/group/entstree ... 4c85?hl=en

There are several sites in the Cuyahoga Valley that have exceptional trees, and I hope to do more measuring at them before leaf-out.

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Re: Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:36 pm

Steve,
I believe Stebbins Gulch has a nice Hemlock population. Are they still doing well in Ohio? I remember a nice beech/maple area at Holden as well as an enormous red oak and a 365 year old white oak.
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Re: Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by edfrank » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:39 pm

The HWA has not reached Ohio yet, so the trees are fine so far. There are some really impressive chestnut oaks in Stebbins Gulch - some well over 400 years old.
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Re: Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by Rand » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:28 pm

Here's some of the pictures I took.

First a closeup of the almost birch like, shaggy curls on the 130' black cherry.
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Next a yellow birch on stilts. Steve says he has an old black&white photo from 30 odd years ago that would make a nice comparison if he could find it.
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Re: Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by Steve Galehouse » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:15 pm

Rand, ENTS-

Here is a shot of what I think is the same yellow birch(opposite side) as in Rand's photo, taken in 1972:
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Re: Virginia Kendall Park, part of CVNP

Post by Steve Galehouse » Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:22 pm

Brian, ENTS:
bbeduhn wrote:Steve,
I believe Stebbins Gulch has a nice Hemlock population. Are they still doing well in Ohio? I remember a nice beech/maple area at Holden as well as an enormous red oak and a 365 year old white oak.
Brian
There are quite a few native populations of hemlock in NE Ohio, none very extensive in area, and generally associated with steep ravines or sandstone outcroppings. When found they are typically in a fairly dense stand and usually associated with yellow birch, beech and/or tuliptree. Fortunately, I think, the populations are very discontinuous and are usually separated by miles of purely deciduous forest or developed land---I would think that might help slow the spread of HWA, which as Ed said is not present here as yet. They commonly reach 120'+ in the area.

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