Tsuga Search update: LeConte Creek hemlock confirmed dead

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Will Blozan
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Tsuga Search update: LeConte Creek hemlock confirmed dead

Post by Will Blozan » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:53 pm

ENTS,

Today I was informed that the LeConte Creek Hemlock, one of the very few (only 4) 18 foot CBH hemlocks discovered in the Tsuga Search Project, has died. It was systemically treated by the NPS but it was too far declined to respond. It did respond at first but the surrounding death zone was full of hemlock borers which decided the LeConte Creek tree was too tasty to pass up.
Whole tree winter 2006
Whole tree winter 2006
NPS staff Jesse Webster at base
NPS staff Jesse Webster at base
Jess measuring CBH
Jess measuring CBH
Me on trunk during volume modeling
Me on trunk during volume modeling
Although it did not make it as a finalist as a top 15 volume giants it still racked up a lot of wood for a rather short 18.8' CBH X 140.4' height. The tree stood with 1,194 cubic feet and was among the largest found in TN. Sadly, if the tree had survived it would be a National Champion. I just nominated the great Cheoah Hemlock in Highlands, NC as a National Champion; it is the only surviving tree documented in the Tsuga Search Project.

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Re: Tsuga Search update: LeConte Creek hemlock confirmed dea

Post by Steve Galehouse » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:16 pm

Will-

That's really sad--such a big, beautiful tree. Will it likely be left to decay naturally, or felled? And has or will an age be determined?

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Re: Tsuga Search update: LeConte Creek hemlock confirmed dea

Post by Will Blozan » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:29 pm

Steve,

Being in the Smokies it will be left to fall on it's own along with the tens of thousands of others. I did not get the sense it was a really old tree when I climbed it- maybe 250-300 years. Old, but not ancient. It lacked extreme "sinuousity" and gnarlage.

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Re: Tsuga Search update: LeConte Creek hemlock confirmed dea

Post by James Parton » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:38 am

All I can do is shake my head. It is a damn shame. So sad...
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Re: Tsuga Search update: LeConte Creek hemlock confirmed dea

Post by mdavie » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:15 am

Ugh.
Since I need more characters,
aaaaaaaaarrrgh.

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Re: Tsuga Search update: LeConte Creek hemlock confirmed dea

Post by greenent22 » Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:22 am

James Parton wrote:All I can do is shake my head. It is a damn shame. So sad...
indeed horrible!

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Re: Tsuga Search update: LeConte Creek hemlock confirmed dea

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:18 am

Will, To bad about this great tree and all the others. Sad! Larry

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