Cook Forest State Park. PA will be sponsoring a tree-measuring workshop for April 18-19.The agenda has not been completely determined, but at this point it will likely include at least five major events:
1. Re-measuring the Longfellow White Pine, tallest accurately measured tree in the Northeast. ENTS President Will Blozan will likely climb the tall pine and do a tape drop measurement and volume modeling. We will concurrently measure the Longfellow Pine from the ground using a variety of height measuring techniques with comparisons made to the tape drop.
2. An outdoor workshop to demonstrate a variety of tree measuring techniques. This will principally be an ENTS-orchestrated event. There will probably be at least half a dozen experienced ENTS members to demonstrate the various methods.
3. An equipment demonstration by Laser Technologies Inc. (LTI) with hopefully a glimpse at what is in the planning stages. LTI is the Cadillac of the infrared laser products industry. They make the Impulse 200LR laser, the TruPulse series, RD1000, etc. Forestry is a prime market for their equipment.
4. An interpretive walk through the incomparable Cathedral Grove of old growth white pines. Cook Forest has at least 111, and probably over 120, white pines that reach heights of 150 feet or more. Four exceed 170 feet, and one exceeds 180. All have been measured by Park Naturalist and Educational Specialist and ENTS member Dale Luthringer.
5. A lecture by my friend Dale on the exceptional forests and trees of Pennsylvania.
American Forests will join us on April 18-19 at Cook Forest, PA. In fact, I think AF will be supporting other NTS events including the one in MTSF in the fall. This is a major step forward in what could be a partnership that serves both organizations well. We had the makings of that partnership in 2001 when AF attended an ENTS rendezvous in MTSF and in Cook Forest the following year. However, staff turnover derailed the budding partnership and we found ourselves back at square one. Our great friend Colby Rucker played a pivotal role in that early association. Now we appear to be back on track. LTI will also be a participant at future NTE events in an educational capacity. It is onward and upward.
For any of you who have not had the opportunity to visit Cook Forest, and can join us, I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Guaranteed.
"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky
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