new 170ft class pine at Cook Forest

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new 170ft class pine at Cook Forest

Post by djluthringer » Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:42 pm

NTS,

Just re-measured a pine today that was first measured at 9.4ft CBH x 167.9ft high on 7/26/03. Today’s measurement yielded 9.6ft CBH x 170.5ft. I first hit 170.3ft, but since it was so close to the 170ft threshold I decided to find a good mid-slope measurement and utilize a pole for the bottom measurement. So, I settled on 170.5ft. It’s a bear to measure, and located on the steep slope between Seneca & Mohawk Trails. If you know where the Seneca Hemlock is… just go up the trail ~200 yards, then up the hill ~65 yards to the tree (tac 358, 41 19.696N x 79 12.714W).

Also, re-measured the Seneca Hemlock today. I last measured it at 12.1ft CBH x 147.5ft high on 9/21/10. Today, I was only able to squeak it up one tenth of foot to 147.6ft high. It was another bear to measure, had to go wayyy upslope to get the best measurement.

Also, tried to re-measure a fat white pine near the new 170footer that I hadn’t measured since 3/4/03. Back then, I had it to 12.4ft CBH x 159.4ft high. It is now dead, and looks like it’s been so for years.

Also, tried to bump another tall pine into the 160ft class in the vicinity and uphill from the Seneca Hemlock, directly on Mohawk Trail
(tac 346, 41 19.840N x 79 12.650W). On 5/1/03 I had it to 9.9ft CBH x 157.8ft high. It now sits at 9.9ft CBH x 159.5ft high. Believe me, I couldn’t put any more height on this one. This was the worst of them all to measure. Had to go almost to the top of the hill to get the best shot. Wouldn’t have been possible without my pole to help me eyeball the base. GPS had me running around like crazy up & down hill trying to pin-point these trees. Now my legs feel like jelly… Will would’ve run me into the ground today. Damn desk fat…

So, our current white pine tally stands at:

Height Class # trees

180 1
170 3 (remember, the Jani Pine lost the majority of its top and is now ~135ft high)
160 29
150 77
140 146

Dale

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Re: new 170ft class pine at Cook Forest

Post by ElijahW » Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:38 pm

Dale,

Thanks for the work you're doing. I've only been to Cook once, but I thought it was beautiful. I spent a whole day wandering the trails, but saw just a part of what it had to offer. From time to time I drive through PA on I-80, and the most scenic part, in my opinion, is the stretch through the Clarion River area. Just writing about it makes me want to go back - someday. Cook Forest is a true gem, and the kings of Cook Forest are the White Pines.
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"There is nothing in the world to equal the forest as nature made it. The finest formal forest, the most magnificent artificially grown woods, cannot compare with the grandeur of primeval woodland." Bob Marshall, Recreational Limitations to Silviculture in the Adirondacks

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Re: new 170ft class pine at Cook Forest

Post by dbhguru » Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:42 am

Dale,

Splendid job. It is good to have another 170-footer to replace the Jani pine. As we both know, trees of this stature are exceedingly rare in the Northeast. If we include the new Ohio tuliptree, we have 5 total for the entire Northeast and Mid-west combination. Next year, barring problems, Jake Swamp will make it.

I look forward to getting over to Cook and remeasuring Longfellow.

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

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Re: new 170ft class pine at Cook Forest

Post by dbhguru » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:07 am

NTS,

As a reminder, Monica and I will be at Cook Forest from mid-day Nov 29th through Nov 30th. On the 30th, weather permitting, I plan to remeasure the Longfellow Pine - the Northeast's tallest known tree. I'll be bringing lots of equipment. Most of the labor involved will be expended in setting up the equipment. I would be most appreciative of any measuring assistance any visiting Ents might be willing to lend.

Monica and I will be staying in Cabin #5 in the Indian Cabins area. I won't have telephone contact, so just come by if you wish.

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

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