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Kiawah Island

Post by bbeduhn » Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:04 pm

Kiawah Island is a barrier island just south of Charleston, SC. It is a private island and it is fairly developed but it differs from many of the barrier islands around Charleston. Some forests have been leveled for golf courses but much forest remains. None of it is old growth but there is quite a lot of maturing forest and a few pine plantations as well. We had bicycles so I traversed most of the bike trails on the island with tree gear in tow. I was duly impressed with tree heights in a barrier island setting. Kiawah absolutely dwarfs Isle of Palms, Sullivan's and Folly Islands. Pines are the standouts but a couple of hardwoods do well.

RHI 10 = 82.22' 25.06m
RHI 5 = 91.60' 27.92m

1. loblolly pine P. taeda 112.4' 34.26m
2. slash pine P. ellioti 105.5' 32.15m
3. pond pine P. serotina 85.1' 25.93m
4. Southern magnolia 77.6' 23.65m
5. laurel oak Q. laurifolia 77.4' 23.59m
6. sweetgum L. styraciflua 77.3' 23.56m
7. shortleaf pine P. echinata 77.0' 23.47m
8. pignut hickory C. glabra 76.0' 23.16m
9. live oak Q. virginiana 67.2' 20.48m
10. sand live oak Q. geminata 66.7' 20.33m

11. sabal palmetto 58.0' 17.67m

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