Great Old Broads Pine on Broad Brook

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Great Old Broads Pine on Broad Brook

Post by dbhguru » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:06 am

NTS,

On the day before the big Oct 12the event, Dr. Joan Maloof, Monica, and I took a walk up Broad Brook behind our house to visit the huge double pine that I keep careful measurements on. On the way we saw sassafras leaves and looked up.
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Here is a beauty on the forest floor. Love those leaves.
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Monica and Joan next to a large white pine.
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And now, the huge double. Depending on where one sets the base. the girth is between 14.8 and 15.2 feet. An average of 15.0 feet is reasonable. Now to the height. The tree has broken the 140-foot threshold. It is 140.2 feet tall. Will Blozan measured this fine tree in Oct 2007 when I was flat on my back with a bladder catheter enduring the shingles. Now the great pine joins the exclusive Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts 140-Club. Other members include one white pine on Smith College property, one white pine in Greenfield, MA, one white pine in Mount Tom State Reservation, one tuliptree on the Mill River in Northampton, and one tulip tree in Robinson State Park, Agawam, MA. Six trees altogether, 4 pines and 2 tuliptrees. It's a pretty exclusive club, and the Great Old Broads Pine is within half of a mile of our home. Sweet!

Bob
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Re: Great Old Broads Pine on Broad Brook

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:28 pm

Holy crap! What a great tree to be able to visit so close to your house!

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Re: Great Old Broads Pine on Broad Brook

Post by Will Blozan » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:08 pm

Bob,

SWEET!!! I love that pine! Sweet looking broads there...

Hello to all up there and I hope (know) the event will be great!

Will

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Re: Great Old Broads Pine on Broad Brook

Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:19 pm

Bob, Love the leaves photo. Sasafras roots make the best drink. I bet you haven't had some in a while? That is one huge White Pine!!! Larry

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Re: Great Old Broads Pine on Broad Brook

Post by James Parton » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:44 am

Very nice Bob. What's the girth?
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Re: Great Old Broads Pine on Broad Brook

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:40 am

Larry Tucei wrote:Bob, Love the leaves photo. Sasafras roots make the best drink. I bet you haven't had some in a while? That is one huge White Pine!!! Larry
I miss drinking sassafras tea. My dad used to brew it up from time to time. Of course he would always sacrifice a sassafras sapling to provide it, but it was delicious. (He wouldn't muck about with the root system of an older tree---he didn't think it was safe for the tree. But he'd kill a young one to get the roots for the tea.)

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