Germantown Metropark, OH

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Matt Markworth
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Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by Matt Markworth » Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:53 pm

Hi All,

I never realized how satisfying accurately measuring a tree can be, but now I know! I want to say thank you to everyone that has been involved with writing the various tree measuring guidelines and to everyone that actively posts on the BBS. There are several sites in SW Ohio that I want to document and I think Germantown Metropark will be one of the best. I’ll keep measuring and report my findings.

Here is a video of a magnificent Tuliptree, Hgt: 150.3’, CBH: 10.5’. I especially enjoyed finding the twisted American Hornbeam next to the Tuliptree. Enjoy the Thoreau quote, all Librivox recordings are in the public domain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbcouwRVq-8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbcouwRVq-8
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http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Germantown/Home.aspx

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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by dbhguru » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:04 am

Matt,

We're pleased to be joined by another kindred spirit. If your path parallels ours, you'll become ever more intense in your pursuit of accuracy and absolutely intolerant of the foolishness that goes on in the tree measuring world from amateurs and professionals alike. I was pleased to see the 150-foot tulip. It is but another example of the height dominance of the species over a wide geographical range. Now it is time to find a 160. I'll bet you succeed.

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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by Larry Tucei » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:04 pm

Matt, Cool video of that whopper Tulip and look forward to more of your postings. Larry

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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:39 pm

Thanks Larry, I was walking down a small creek bed and was struck by this Tuliptree. Growing straight up to 140’ with a slender 7.1’ CBH, it’s simply stunning. I included photos of my laser rangefinder and clinometer, and also a photo showing the sandy soil.

Enjoy the Thoreau quote, it's one of my favorites . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6-gxgK9Jxs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6-gxgK9Jxs
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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by Matt Markworth » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:15 pm

A beautiful American Beech, paired with a Walden excerpt about tramping through the snow to keep an appointment with a Beech, Yellow Birch or a Pine . . .

Height: 109’, CBH: 11.2’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P2zq5L7r0M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P2zq5L7r0M
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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by Matt Markworth » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:11 pm

All,

I remeasured the tall Tuliptree at Germantown Metropark. Last winter I got 150.3' and today I got 151.9'.

I do wonder where the westernmost 150'+Tuliptree is north of Tennessee. Indiana and Western Kentucky are so lightly sampled it's hard to say. I can't quite figure out the Indiana LIDAR. I can pull the "Image" and "Raw data" files for Fusion, but can't figure out how to get the "Bare earth" file. Has anyone ever used Indiana LIDAR?

A few more measurements from today:

Tuliptree: 9'6" x 134.5'
Eastern Cottonwood: 9'6" x 125.6'
White Oak: 9'6" x 118.5'
(coincidentally, these first 3 had the same girth)
Eastern Cottonwood: CBH: 18'4"

Measurements from last winter:

Tuliptree: 10.5' x 150.3'
Tuliptree: 10.8' x 149.3'
Tuliptree: 7.1' x 140'
American Sycamore: 9.5' x 143'
American Sycamore: 12.3' x 139.5'
American Sycamore: 9.1' x 138.5'
Black Walnut: 6.5 x 133.7'
Sugar Maple: 6.9' x 122.8'
American Beech: 11.2' x 109'

Photos from today:
Twin Creek
Twin Creek
View of ravine
View of ravine
151.9' Tuliptree in ravine (look for the tape at 4.5')
151.9' Tuliptree in ravine (look for the tape at 4.5')
125.6' Cottonwood
125.6' Cottonwood
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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by Matt Markworth » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:53 pm

All,

I went to Germantown Metropark today to remeasure the 149.3' tuliptree that I measured last winter. The tree was right where I left it:) My hope was to break 150', which would have made it the second confirmed 150 footer. Well, I didn't break 150' after several attempts at testing the tops, but I did find an even taller tuliptree in the adjacent ravine.

This is the tallest tree that I've measured in SW Ohio, 10' x 154.9'. I also measured a white ash as 9'6" x 135'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVyqzN-JfZk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVyqzN-JfZk
154.9' tuliptree
154.9' tuliptree
154.9' tuliptree
154.9' tuliptree
135' white ash
135' white ash
widowmaker in 12'2" CBH white oak
widowmaker in 12'2" CBH white oak
Getting closer to a Rucker Index . . .

Tuliptree: 154.9'
American sycamore: 143'
White ash: 135'
Black walnut: 133.7'
Eastern cottonwood: 125.6'
Sugar maple: 122.8'
White oak: 118.5'
American beech: 109'

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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by Steve Galehouse » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:02 am

Matt-

LiDAR data show the tallest trees in the park to be in the first really steep ravine due west of the dam, south of the creek; is that where you found this one?

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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:32 pm

Steve,

Yep, it's right in that area.

That first steep ravine west of the dam is where the 149.3' tree is located and the 154.9' tree is just to the west in a bowl-shaped ravine. The steep ravine and the bowl-shaped ravine join together before draining into Twin Creek. The really long ravine in the SW corner of the park is where the 151.9' tree is. I found the 151.9' tree last year with the assistance of LIDAR. It was kind of cool finding the 154.9' tree without the direct assistance of LIDAR (although LIDAR certainly pointed me to the tallest part of park.)

All 3 of the trees are 10' - 11' CBH and appear vibrant.

Matt

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Re: Germantown Metropark, OH

Post by pdbrandt » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:29 pm

Great work documenting the trees in this park, Mark. I bet it was fun to find the "new" 154 footer.
Patrick

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