Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

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Matt Markworth
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Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Post by Matt Markworth » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:04 pm

All,

Today I visited seven parks in the city of Lexington, KY. I was inspired after visiting Castlewood Park last week (http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=82&t=6579).

I measured three more impressive blue ash, and saw two more in an area fenced off for horses. Most of the blue ash I have seen have lost their tops, and all of them appear very old. Some of the trees in the Bluegrass region of KY are survivors from the time when Buffalo were roaming and creating Buffalo traces. Some of these Buffalo traces later became roads.

circumference at breast height x tree height

Woodland Park
blue ash: 13' 8" x 80'
bur oak: 14' 11.5"
northern red oak: 14' 8.5"
Shumard oak: 14' 6.5" x 101'
Kentucky coffeetree: 10' 7.5" x 62'

Ecton Park
blue ash: 12' 2" x 66'
blue ash: 11' x 60'

Duncan Park
bur oak: 17' 1.5"

Coolavin Park
bur oak: 13' 8.5"

McConnell Springs Park
bur oak: 15' 3"

Veterans Park
bur oak: 11' 6"
bur oak: 10' 6"

Masterson Station Park
- no trees measured, but there were two ancient blue ash in a field fenced in with horses, pictures are below
Woodland Park Blue Ash
Woodland Park Blue Ash
Ecton Park Blue Ashes
Ecton Park Blue Ashes
Masterson Station Equestrian Facility Blue Ashes
Masterson Station Equestrian Facility Blue Ashes
Woodland Park Shumard Oak
Woodland Park Shumard Oak
Woodland Park Shumard Oak Leaves
Woodland Park Shumard Oak Leaves
Woodland Park Osage Orange Base
Woodland Park Osage Orange Base
Woodland Park Kentucky Coffeetree Leaf/Bark
Woodland Park Kentucky Coffeetree Leaf/Bark
McConnell Springs Bur Oak
McConnell Springs Bur Oak
Here's a video showing the "boil" that occurs at McConnell Springs Park:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsAundoY86A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsAundoY86A

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Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Post by Larry Tucei » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:24 pm

Mark- You are getting around!! That Osage Orange is a Whopper! So are the Burr Oaks and the Ash are nice too! Wow could imagine how tall these trees would have been had not the tops been blown out!!! Larry

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Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Post by Lucas » Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:35 am


Click on image to see its original size

Very cool Bur Oak!
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Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:05 pm

Lucas wrote:
Very cool Bur Oak!
Thanks Lucas! Here are a few more images of it:
McConnell Springs Park Bur Oak 1a.jpg
McConnell Springs Park Bur Oak 1b.jpg
McConnell Springs Park Bur Oak 1g.jpg
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Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Post by Rand » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:43 pm

So.... I'm guessing this tree came to the brink of being uprooted, but improbably stopped at a 45˚ angle, and continued growing from there? I wonder if it came to a rest angst another tree that has since died and rotted away.

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Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:03 pm

Rand wrote:So.... I'm guessing this tree came to the brink of being uprooted, but improbably stopped at a 45˚ angle, and continued growing from there? I wonder if it came to a rest angst another tree that has since died and rotted away.
Rand,

My guess is that the karst topography caused it to shift and then it strengthened itself over time based on that new position. There is a sinkhole at the park and the "boiling" springs are super cool.

Here's another video showing the creek going back underground:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8e_WBZpLTY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8e_WBZpLTY

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Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Post by Matt Markworth » Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:17 pm

All,

Traveling around Kentucky measuring big blue ashes, while listening to Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys is becoming a favorite pastime of mine:) Some of the blue ash trees in Lexington pre-date the city and each one has a character all its own. Although blue ash is more resistant to Emerald Ash Borer than some of the other ashes, fortunately most of the trees I have reported on have been treated. I also hope to measure them some day in the Nashville Basin.

Here are some more blue ashes from Lexington.

Henry Clay Estate
15'4" x 77' (top damaged, regrown)
14'8" x 62' (top out)

Booker T Washington Primary
12'8"
11'7"
9'11"
9'5"
9'3"
Henry Clay Estate blue ash - CBH: 15'4"
Henry Clay Estate blue ash - CBH: 15'4"
Henry Clay Estate blue ash - CBH: 14'8"
Henry Clay Estate blue ash - CBH: 14'8"
Booker T Washington Primary - 4 blue ashes
Booker T Washington Primary - 4 blue ashes
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