Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

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Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by AndrewJoslin » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:54 pm

Bob, on Sunday I happened visit conservation land in Redding CT called Devil's Den Preserve. There are some excellent tuliptree stands, battery died on my rangefinder so I didn't measure but the overall qualities of the trees indicated they are worth measuring, big straight boles, high crowns, sheltered setting, good groundwater supply etc. Probably young as tulips go but good height. By comparison for example they looked better than the Robinson tulips, higher crowns, overall straighter and taller. An example I think of up and coming tall trees in Connecticut. LIDAR might be a good way to get started sorting out Connecticut, if there's enough data available.
-AJ

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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by dbhguru » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:08 pm

Andrew,

Thanks ever so much. This is the breakthrough in CT that Gary, Bart, and I have been looking for. You can bet that we'll visit the site.

Bob
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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by RyanLeClair » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:20 pm

Hey, Devil's Den! I've worked there. Are you guys going to make a visit to the Den?

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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by dbhguru » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:56 pm

Ryan,

You betcha. Gotta see that site. Connecticut has been ignored for far too long. Time to showcase trees and stands of trees in the nutmeg state. When we set something up, maybe you can join us.

Bob
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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by AndrewJoslin » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:08 pm

Let's arrange it. Big area, I can show you the trees I saw, then work from there. I'm not expecting the tallest tulips in Connecticut but I think it will be a good start.
-AJ

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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by dbhguru » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:14 pm

Andrew,

Agreed. I talked to Gary and he'll get back tomorrow on the possibility of Jan 28th. Would that work for you? If it works for Gary, I'll call Bart to see if the 28th works for him.

Bob
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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by AndrewJoslin » Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:40 am

28th is good for me. -AJ

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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by dbhguru » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:17 am

Bart and Andrew,

Weather permitting, the 28th it is. I haven't seen anything much of interest in eastern CT in the way of tall trees. I think it has to be western CT.

Bob
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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by AndrewJoslin » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:01 pm

Here's a map showing locations

The northern blue marker is a trailhead and where I parked, there were nice looking tuliptrees north and south of the road. Also further up the trail marked with white blazes some big tulips and a couple good looking red oaks.

The southern blue marker indicates some emergent crowns worth looking at from the ground. Switch to satellite view and zoom in closer to see what I mean.
-AJ

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Re: Devil's Den Preserve, Redding, CT

Post by AndrewJoslin » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:16 pm

Aha! I switched back to map view then terrain view, the apparent emergent crown is on the bottom east side of a steep hill, perfect conditions for tall stuff. That general area north and south below the ridge looks to be a very good target area.
-AJ

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