Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

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Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by eliahd24 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:54 am

As I compile more and more trip data for various sites across metro Atlanta, I thought it would be neat to look at a city-wide Rucker 10 index. It would be great to compare this to other metro-areas across the east as well. Here's what I have thus far:

Atlanta, GA citywide Rucker 10 index
Species Height Location:
CaGl 134.10 Fernbank Forest
LiSt 136.40 Parkwood Park
LiTu 157.20 Deepdene Park
PiEc 129.40 Fernbank Forest
PiTa 142.20 Fernbank Forest
QuAl 143.80 Frazer Center Forest
QuRu 137.20 Beecher Park
FaGr 123.00 Emory University
TiAm 129.70 Fernbank Museum
FrAm 125.90 Tanyard Creek PATH
Rucker 10 index: 135.89
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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by dbhguru » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:07 am

Eli,

Good job. I went to Georgia Tech and have fond memories of Atlanta. I remember large trees scattered around the city, but never did any measuring in those days. I'm sure with more searching the Rucker will go higher. I wouldn't be surprised if Atlanta's Rucker didn't eventually reach 137 or even 138. That makes me wonder how Atlanta stacks up against other southern cities. I would expect Memphis Tennessee to be high. Any thoughts?

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by eliahd24 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:04 pm

I think you're right about the RI eventually rising here in ATL. I'm continually amazed at all the hidden "pocket" greenspaces that yield both big and tall trees. I'm not sure about Memphis, but I'm sure it's location would lend itself to having some nice trees. Atlanta's just got the right mixture of topography, rainfall, history, and biodiversity.

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by Beth » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:33 am

Eli,
Thanks for the Rucker index. I do have one question: Which species are they?
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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by edfrank » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:41 am

Beth,

It is sometimes difficult to recognize the short notation for different species, especially f they are not found locally in your area. I would encourgae people to list the common name and the species name for speis they are reporting. Here are the species Eli was reporting from Atlanta:
atlanta_species.JPG
Also a simple screen grab of tables keeps the tables from being mutilated by the posting program. Maybe ther is a mod that will fix that problem.

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by Beth » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:13 am

Thank you Ed. I am not familar with the 4 letter abbreviations that is what got me confused....and it doesn't take much :)
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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by Will Blozan » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:35 pm

Eli,

I'll have to round up the Asheville, NC RI and see how it compares to Atlanta's really impressive RI!

As for Memphis, ENTS has only measured at Meeman-Shelby and Overton State parks. Michael Davie may have some other trees to add. The Rucker for these sites are:

Meeman Shelby 138.6
Overton Park 131.3

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by eliahd24 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:52 pm

Sorry for my binomial shorthand Beth :)
Thanks for clearing that up Ed. I get so used to using those abbreviations that I don't even notice it anymore.

Will- I would imagine Asheville has a pretty high RI. It would be neat to extend to 15 or 20 species too. Things like winged elm, beech, maple species, sourwood, and others would then be added to the Atlanta list. Now I wonder how many species over 100' can be found in Atlanta..... i'll have to start combing my spreasheets.

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by Beth » Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:20 am

I also measured at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis but if I recall I only measured 4-5 trees there, 2 oaks, one tulip, one altas cedar, and maybe one more.
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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by Steve Galehouse » Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:02 pm

eliahd24 wrote:As I compile more and more trip data for various sites across metro Atlanta, I thought it would be neat to look at a city-wide Rucker 10 index. It would be great to compare this to other metro-areas across the east as well. [/b]


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Eli-

I have a Rucker 10 Index for Akron, Ohio of 134.05', based on a single park site within the city limits.

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