Pike State Forest/Fort Hill Day Trip - 12/13/14

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Pike State Forest/Fort Hill Day Trip - 12/13/14

Post by Matt Markworth » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:20 pm

All,

I headed down the Buckeye Trail today in Fort Hill and crossed into Pike State Forest. I measured a nice grove of tuliptrees in a ravine that hasn't been reported on yet. The 152.2' Tuliptree represents the tallest known tree in Pike State Forest and adjacent Fort Hill. I was especially impressed with how some of the trees have been able to reach respectable heights without sizable girths.

Pike State Forest
tuliptree: 10'7" x 152.2'
tuliptree: 8'4" x 150.5'
tuliptree: 7'7" x 146'
tuliptree: 7'1" x 142.2'
tuliptree: 7'2" x 140.5'
tuliptree: 7'11'' x 137.5'
tuliptree: 5'11' x 135.5'
tuliptree: 6'8" x 135'
(there were quite a few more tuliptrees that would be in the 130's and 140's)
northern red oak: 8'6" x 133'
white oak: 7'10" x 132'

Fort Hill
tuliptree: 10'7" x 144.3'
chestnut oak: 4'7" x 123'
pignut hickory: 4'2" x 120.5'
152.2' tuliptree base
152.2' tuliptree base
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Re: Pike State Forest/Fort Hill Day Trip - 12/13/14

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:46 am

Matt,
Son of a beech! That is amongst the finest examples I've seen of two trees rejoining and growing together. Solid white oak. Those 130's are tough to come by.
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Re: Pike State Forest/Fort Hill Day Trip - 12/13/14

Post by dbhguru » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:33 am

Matt, Brian,

If we ever launch a weird tree-form contest, that beech is bound to score high. We could have different categories of weirdness. Ideas? Oh yes, here's the worst tree riddle of the week:

If you have to go number one in the woods, which species helps you to do it in the most sanitary way?

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
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Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
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Re: Pike State Forest/Fort Hill Day Trip - 12/13/14

Post by Will Blozan » Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:07 pm

Bob,

Pinus rigida? No dribbles.

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Re: Pike State Forest/Fort Hill Day Trip - 12/13/14

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:44 pm

Bob,

Taking a literal approach, I'd have to go with Homo sapiens, since an individual from that species wrote The Backpacker's Field Manual - Page 114:)

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Re: Pike State Forest/Fort Hill Day Trip - 12/13/14

Post by Chris » Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:34 pm

I always wanted to get down to Pike SF, but never made it.

Matt, do you know any folks about the Ohio DNR that might have more info about the state forests? My understanding is they were mostly cut-over land acquire in early-mid 1900s. Some of the places have been monkeyed with since, but some have probably been left alone and could have some good trees by now....

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Re: Pike State Forest/Fort Hill Day Trip - 12/13/14

Post by Matt Markworth » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:49 pm

Chris,

My main contact with the ODNR is the big tree coordinator, and she could probably point us to others for specific questions about the history of certain sites. I don't have a lot of knowledge of the history of the state forests, but in general, I believe your assessment is accurate.

I found the tall Tuliptree cove with LiDAR and walked right up to the 152.2' tree. I've barely scratched the surface of running LiDAR on state forests. Still looking for the 160 footer in Southern Ohio...

Matt

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