How many sites do we now have in Connecticut where we have reached 130 feet on our TT measurements? I ask this question, with a project in mind.
On occasion, I'll set a height or girth threshold for a species and tally the locations that meet the threshold. In Massachusetts, I've got the most information on white pines, white ashes, sugar maples, hemlocks, tuliptrees, and N. red oaks, but have quite a bit for cottonwoods, silver maples, and Noway spruce.
From many sample points, I'm able to draw mental maps of where the outstanding trees are likely to occur and with what frequency. Of course, the mental map is in a constant state of update. There is also a kind of species to species comparative analysis that is always going on, so that when someone reports a suspicious measurement for a location, and I've visited the general area and have an idea of what does well and what doesn't, I can quickly qualify the report.
It would be good to do this kind of generalized approach to understanding species growth capabilities for a long swath of New England. Might you be game to participate?
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest