Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve (IN)

Moderators: edfrank, dbhguru

Post Reply
User avatar
Matt Markworth
Posts: 1302
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:41 pm

Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve (IN)

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:21 pm

Wander Indiana . . .

After spending the better part of a morning trying to locate tops in a dense flatwood forest, I decided to change up my strategy and find some elevation. I headed over to Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve in Jackson County, IN and was not disappointed.

The description claims that the preserve contains the largest Hemlock in Indiana at 33” DBH. It may be referring to the same tree that I measured at 8.4’ CBH with a height of 108.9’. That claim appears to be dated though, as the 2010 Indiana Big Tree Register has a Hemlock with a CBH of 9.4’ and a height of 135’.

Description: http://www.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/fi ... kBluff.pdf

Panorama
Eastern Hemlock, 8.4’ CBH (the tree on the left) - http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=1b5 ... e99a40d077
excel.JPG
Eastern Hemlock
Eastern Hemlock
hemlock small file.jpg (56.62 KiB) Viewed 1094 times
My Master File: http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=4836

By the way, thanks for allowing someone with no formal “dendro” background hang out with you guys/gals. It’s a testament to your hospitality and graciousness.

- Matt

User avatar
edfrank
Posts: 4217
Joined: Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:46 pm

Re: Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve (IN)

Post by edfrank » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:44 pm

Matt,

This is one site I always wanted to visit. Thanks for the information. It is an unusual disjunct population of eastern hemlock and I have always wondered about how much genetic variation there might be in this population compared to nearby continuous populations.

Ed
"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

Post Reply

Return to “Indiana”