O'Neill Woods revisit

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Steve Galehouse
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O'Neill Woods revisit

Post by Steve Galehouse » Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:26 pm


Today I met Rob Curtis, a biologist with the Summit County Metroparks, at O'Neill woods near Bath, Ohio. I had been in contact with Rob and Mike Greene, a naturalist for the parks, regarding the NTS method of measuring trees. Rob expressed interest, feeling that canopy height has a direct correlation with the health of the of the site, which I agree with entirely. Rob knew of a very nice white ash at this park, and it turned out I had already visited it last March. The ash is healthy, and an impressive 12' 3'' girth with a height of 135.65'. I got a much shorter height last fall March, 123', probably due to the cold weather and hurrying through. Rob had to go on to another commitment, but I think he saw the utility and accuracy of the laser/clinometer method. He had a TruePulse with him, supplied by the Metroparks, so I think some more good measurements for NE Ohio will be coming along(and it's encouraging the park system sees the value in the hardware). I'm hoping to familiarize him with Fusion/LiDAR this Fall.

I stayed at the site for a while, and found some other nice trees---a tuliptree at 158.3', a pignut at 128.8', a slippery elm at 116.7', and a red oak at 126.9'. A summary of what was found here: http://alpha.treesdb.org/Browse/Sites/913/Details

135' x 12' 3'' white ash:
135,65' x 9' 3'' white ash O'Neill.jpg
15' x 115' red oak:
115' H x 15' girth red oak O'Neill.jpg
158.3' tuliptree:
158,3' tuliptree O'Neill.jpg

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Re: O'Neill Woods revisit

Post by dbhguru » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:53 am


Congratulations on two counts: winning a convert and finding a heck of an impressive tuliptree. I continue to be impressed by Ohio's tuliptrees.

On the other count, we are making progress. I expect that a lot of people are discovering the NTS on their own and absorbing the measuring lessons. Time is the answer.

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Re: O'Neill Woods revisit

Post by edfrank » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:04 am


Again neat stuff. I really don't have anything to add to your post, but want to encourage you to keep posting these trip reports.
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Re: O'Neill Woods revisit

Post by James Parton » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:34 pm

Nice Tuliptree!

Winter approaches and I an fixing to get into tree measuring mode again. Do I hear a " hooray " from Mr. Leverett?

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