Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

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Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by Steve Galehouse » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:50 pm

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Today I visited an area called Riding Run in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Last week Rand Brown and I found a record sycamore in an area close to this, so I thought this might hold some surprises. I have to report there are no exceptional trees at this site as far as height or girth, but there are quite a few trees of exceptional "character". The woods is unusual in that it is comprised of pine plantations(white, red, Scots, Austrian) on the ridge tops, with second or third growth hardwoods on the steep slopes---mainly tulip, oak, and white ash---white ash seems to be out-competing the other hardwoods in girth, and keeping up with tulip in height, but only 120-130' was the general canopy height.

A number of trees of several species which seemed to be ''over-mature'' and especially gnarly are part of the woods, and this was the most interesting aspect of the park. The old, gnarly trees must have been skipped in the timber harvest because they were viewed as defective whenever the area was last cut. A few pics:

An especially contorted beech:
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White oak wolf, 77' H x 14' 2'' x 75' spread:
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A sugar maple designed by flying squirrels:
badsugar.jpg
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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by Rand » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:16 pm

Bummer on hitting a 'dud' site. I presume those were all old field/pasture trees, that got their lower limbs shaded as the forest regrew around them?

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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by James Parton » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:29 am

I would not quite call it a " dud ". Those old contorted trees have character!
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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by Larry Tucei » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:37 am

Steve, I agree with James, those are unusual trees. Larry

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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by dbhguru » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:06 pm

Steve,

Ugly trees need love too.

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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by Steve Galehouse » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:33 pm

Bob, Larry, James, Rand--

I enjoyed finding these trees with "character", but a tree with "character" is sort of like a blind date with a "good personality"---I would much rather find tall trees of good form, and I know what Rand means when he says this site was a "dud"---we've found new state height records or at least exceptional trees on all of our recent forays, so I'm glad Rand didn't do the two hour drive up to see an elephantine beech.

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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by edfrank » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:32 pm

Steve,

I don't know. I like trees that show age and character as much or more than young trees that are tall.

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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by Rand » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:53 pm

Hey I take pictures of ugly trees too. Here's one of the bigger white oaks I've in NW Ohio in my grandma's woods. 11' 7" cbh x 93.6' tall. It's the largest tree left after the old growth was harvested in 1986.
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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by dbhguru » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:07 am

Steve, Ed, Randy,

Ugly trees are misunderstood by the general public and especially lumbermen. It is our solemn duty as Ents to seek out these uglies and hug them. Of course we will be discreet and not be caught in the act by a non-Ent.

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Re: Riding Run, CVNP, Summit Co., Ohio

Post by Steve Galehouse » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:50 pm

dbhguru wrote:Steve, Ed, Randy,

Ugly trees are misunderstood by the general public and especially lumbermen. It is our solemn duty as Ents to seek out these uglies and hug them. Of course we will be discreet and not be caught in the act by a non-Ent.

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