California Woods (OH)

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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by Matt Markworth » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:10 pm

All,

I was jogging in Cali Woods today and stopped by two forest-grown bitternut hickories that I previously reported on. The first one is nice and fat with a CBH of 9'8" and is located about halfway up a ridge. The second one is the 151 footer and is located in the bottom of a gently curving ravine.
9'8" x 127.6'
9'8" x 127.6'
8'4" x 151.9'
8'4" x 151.9'
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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by Matt Markworth » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:32 pm

All,

I stopped by California Woods after work today to ID and measure the girth on this nice black oak. CBH is 14'11''. It's downhill from the fine sassafras grove that I previously reported on. If I was given a chance to design the perfect forest (with the same amount of land and with local species), then I would just copy what already exists at California Woods.
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Lightning strike scar
Lightning strike scar
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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by Matt Markworth » Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:23 pm

All,

There's a ravine at California Woods that harbors an exceptional collection of American sycamores. I recently measured some more of them, which makes 10 in the ravine at 140' or taller. They're in the ravine bottom and also extend up the sides. The heights are very close to the Tuliptree heights in the ravine.

American sycamore
8'11" x 152.5' - previously reported
8'6" x 148'
10'3" x 146'
10'6" x 144'
9'2" x 143.5'
8'6" x 143'
6'1" x 143'
7'1" x 140.5'
10'9" x 140'
9'6" x 140'
10'6" x 144'
10'6" x 144'
7'1" x 140.5' and 6'1" x 143'
7'1" x 140.5' and 6'1" x 143'
7'1" x 140.5' and 6'1" x 143'
7'1" x 140.5' and 6'1" x 143'
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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by dbhguru » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:01 pm

Matt,

Great to see some substantial numbers for sycamores. I love it when a site just keeps on producing. California Woods is one heck of a site. Is it in the same. County as Fort Hill?

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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by Matt Markworth » Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:34 pm

Bob,

There are a couple counties between them, with California Woods in Hamilton County and Fort Hill in Highland County. The first map shows the sites as red dots. The second map shows the Outer Bluegrass Region jutting up into Ohio and I find it interesting that it actually appears to encompass both sites.

Both sites are very special and have a character all their own. The tall trees at California Woods are more concentrated. Almost all the trees I've reported on are in about a 40 acre area and can be seen from the trail. Combined with the topography and the age of the trees, this sweet zone of outwash terrace makes California Woods exceptional.
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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by dbhguru » Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:38 am

Matt

It sounds to me like California Woods should be another designated site in Joan Maloof's Oldgrowth-forest Network. She wants one per county. Do you have contact with any of the people who mansge the property?

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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by Matt Markworth » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:48 am

Bob,

I've had some interaction with Cincinnati Parks. Caldwell Park would also be a good choice. Some of the nearby counties don't have a good representation of old growth, although if protected they could certainly get there some day.

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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:22 am

Matt- Wow what a super site!! All of these trees are in a 113 acre site, just imagine the whole Ohio River Valley contained trees as these even much larger and taller before Pale Face. Congrats on all your record finds!! Larry

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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by bbeduhn » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:48 am

10 140's? Are you kiddin' me? It's hard enough to find a small site with a half dozen 120's. Along streams where sycamores dominate, they don't seem to grow as tall. I see more angled trees there. In coves, they are typically isolated or at least in small numbers. California Woods is indeed a special place. I hope there are more surprises.

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Re: California Woods (OH)

Post by sradivoy » Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:49 pm

California Woods is certainly well named.

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