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Post by edfrank » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:19 pm ... _trail.htm

Field Trips 2010 ... 8181?hl=en
Return to Cabin #6
ENTS, Yesterday I returned to Cabin #6 in MTSF to check on the status of the pines around the
cabin. The heavy wet snow had broken branches that cluttered the ground.
However, I found the Cabin pine intact. The following image shows the crown
of this handsome tree. Of 4 prominent tops, one on the left, one on the
right, and two in the center. The highest is the one on the left. It is
between 154 and 155 feet. My last measurement yielded 154.8 feet. The center
two tops are around 153, and the right top is slightly over 151.... ... 8181?hl=en
more » Mar 12, 2010. ... 05b5?hl=en
Cabin #6-Chapter 2
This is part 2, which I originally sent on Feb 26th. Mar 6, 2010. ... 32eb?hl=en
Tim's Update and Winnie's new tree
Tim, Monica and I slugged through snow today in Mohawk (lots of it). I
wanted to continue the labor intensive project of confirming the 150s in
Mohawk. We went to the Pocumtuck grove. I was successful in confirming
another 150. The image Latest150.jpg shows the pine. It is not far from the
big leach field. It is 7.1 feet in girth and 150.4 feet tall. A squeaker. I
think I'm half way through Pocumtuck's 150s.... ... 32eb?hl=en
more » Mar 5, 2010. ... 7627?hl=en
Back to Lee on the ENTS Grove
Lee, By order of the Veep, let it be so. You are the first to name a tree in
your sub-grove. So far, in the Lee Frelich sub-grove, I have measured the
following pines: Name Height-ft Girth-ft Lee Frelich pine 161.0 8.6 Linnaeus
pine 157.8 8.4 Unnamed 151.0 6.4 Unnamed 147.5 7.8 Unnamed 144.7... ... 7627?hl=en
more » Feb 26, 2010. ... 3898?hl=en
Cabin #6 -- Chapter #1-another image
ENTS, I forgot to attach this image. It is another shot from Thumper
Mountain. Bob Feb 25, 2010. ... 7930?hl=en
Cabin #6 -- Chapter #1
ENTS, This is the first of a three part series on Monica's and my experience
of the last three days in MTSF. Part #2 will be presented tomorrow, and Part
#3, the conclusion will follow on Saturday. The three parts will eventually
be stitched together into a single Word document. However, I want to get
something out now. I have also included part #1 as an attached Word document
in case any one has problems with the email formatting.... ... 7930?hl=en
more » Feb 25, 2010. ... df0f?hl=en
Back to Tim on images
Tim, Thanks very much for the fascinating artistic interpretation. I think I
get it, although I would be disingenuous if I said that I am conscious of
the points you make at the time I am taking an image. I believe I have an
unconscious feel for balance and proportion, but that is about it. Anyway,
thanks for the interpretation. It spurs me on to want to learn more about
composition. Tomorrow when Monica and I are in Mohawk, and the snow is
falling, creating a winter wonderland, I hope I'll be able to do justice to
the just a few of the enchanting scenes that create the magic of Mohawk.... ... df0f?hl=en
more » Feb 22, 2010. ... 79d4?hl=en
Heck of a day in the ENTS Grove
Tim, Today was a most successful outing spent in the Encampment area of
MTSF, which includes the ENTS grove. I confirmed 3 more 150s. I certainly
wasn't expecting that. The new 150s are included in the attached update
spreadsheet. One of the three new 150s is in the Encampment area above where
the road runs out going past the dump. I went to that area to visit a big
pine that I hadn't seen for years. It was around 144 feet the last time I
measured it. The attached image entitled EncampmentPine.jpg shows the tree.
It now measures 150.5 feet in height and is an impressive 11.5 feet in
girth. It is very dominant - a very powerful tree.... ... 79d4?hl=en
more » Feb 20, 2010. ... 4786?hl=en
Ed's tree
Ed, Thought you might
like a look at your pine from a distance. It is the tree in the center of
the first two images. It looks slender, but it is 11.1 feet in girth. From
where I stood, I couldn't get the entire tree in one shot, so I took two.
You can stitch them together if you like. I had to use my iPhone camera. I
lost the battery out of my Nikon digital camera.... ... 4786?hl=en
more » Feb 17, 2010. ... 7503?hl=en
ENTS Grove Identification
ENTS, At Ed's suggestion, I've decided to call in Google Earth and identify
the ENTS Grove for everyone. The outlines shown on the two maps are crude
and don't exactly match, but will suffice for the time. The ENTS Grove
covers between 6.5 and 7.5 acres. It could be stretched to 8.5 or even 9.
Basically, I'm delineating the area of 140-footers. The ENTS Grove is
included in a larger area that we call the Encampment Area, because of the
old Native American encampment.... ... 7503?hl=en
more » Feb 15, 2010. ... 2012?hl=en
Sorting out the ENTS Grove
ENTS, Today, I spent a productive day in the ENTS Grove, confirming 9 more
150s. The total now stands at 20. I think I can squeeze out one and possible
two more. There is one 160 in the ENTS Grove. In 2 or 3 years, we could have
three. In 5 years, we could have 6. The future of the ENTS Grove is bright.
How will we manage it? Oh the responsibility of it all.... ... 2012?hl=en
more » Feb 14, 2010. ... 6f6f?hl=en
Black Bart strikes again
ENTS, Yesterday was a heck of a day in the annals of ENTS. Bart Bouricius,
Tim Zelazo, and I went to the Elders Grove in MTSF where Bart Bouricius
climbed Tecumseh, a great white pine that we frequently reported on. I felt
that we needed to climb and tape drop measure Tecumseh. The October climb of
Thoreau in Monroe State Forest and a recent comparison of values returned by
my Nikon Prostaff 440 as compared to my Bushnell 800, Nikon Forestry 550,
and Laser Tech TruPulse 200 and 360 had shaken my confidence in the accuracy
of the 440. I had come to the conclusion that the Nikon 440 was probably
shooting long by half a yard and decided to subtract off half a yard from
distance measurements to both crown and base as a standard correction. It
was with this plan in mind that I would measure Tecumseh before the climb
and report the range of probable results to Tim and Bart. Then Bart would
climb and get a tape drop height for comparison. I would also get
measurements of Tecumseh using other equipment, principally the TruPulse 360
and Forestry 550.... ... 6f6f?hl=en
more » Feb 13, 2010. ... 02bc?hl=en
12.0pt The Tecumseh Climb 2-12-2010 Mohawk Trail S.F
Bob: I'm finished with my part of the story. I look forward to reading your
report. Tim ... ce23?hl=en
Bart Bouricius climbing Tecumseh in the Mohawk Trail State Forest 2-12-2010
It was a great day in
the Elders Grove with Bart & Bob. Tim Feb 12, 2010. ... 495e?hl=en
Larry Tucei and James Parton Pines
ENTS, Today, I continued working in the ENTS grove. In the re-measurement
project, I'm up to eleven 150-ft pines in the grove. There are probably
between 6 and 8 more to go. Some are packed in very tight and will take time
to confirm. However, after adding five 150s today, I'd had enough and
started thinking about the meaning of the grove. I decided to dedicate two
of the new 150s to a couple of deserving Ents. So, everybody say hello to
the Larry Tucei Jr pine and the Jessie James Parton Pine. James, your pine
is a two for one deal. It is a single tree, but has two stems. The
statistics for the two pines are as follows.... ... 495e?hl=en
more » Feb 11, 2010. ... 58be?hl=en
Hidden corners of MTSF - Part I
Tim, ENTS, Today Monica and I took advantage of a calmer, warmer day and
went to Mohawk. When Monica is with me, I have to keep moving. She has
limited patience, standing and waiting on me to measure trees. So, instead
of concentrating on the update, I looked for photo opportunities. I did
measure 4 trees. They are included in the new attached Excel update
MTSFByHgt.xls and are listed below. Two more 150s were confirmed in the ENTS
grove. The following table lists today's measurements.... ... 58be?hl=en
more » Feb 8, 2010. ... 2a44?hl=en
Mohawk update
Tim, I spent several
hours in Mohawk today freezing my fingers and toes half off. The temperature
didn't get above 17 or 18 degrees where I was and there was wind. The chill
factor was around 5 or 6 or lower. Brrrr! I did manage to confirm two more
150s in the Pocumtuck Grove. One is the famous Cabin Pine. It is just below
the Cabin. I also remeasured some 140s near the campground road going up the
hill from the headquarters. I have attached an updated Excel spreadsheet
with the trees that have been remeasured since the start of this measuring
blitz plus some trees that represent our tallest for Rucker Index
calculations. The spreadsheet is entitled TimsMTSFUpdate.xls. I'll
periodically update this spreadsheet. When the weather gets a little warmer,
I'll try to get GPS coordinates on many of the trees. Maybe I can talk my
buddy Gary into helping me so that we ultimately have these trees precisely
positioned other than just in my head.... ... 2a44?hl=en
more » Feb 8, 2010. ... fbee?hl=en
Reflections on the day
ENTS, This morning I
arose early, showered, made coffee, packed my gear, gave my sleepy wife a
hug and kiss, and like so many mornings before, headed straight for my
forest Mecca, Mohawk Trail State Forest. The day was overcast and it looked
like snow might greet me at some point, but the forecast was only for
flurries, no accumulation. I felt no apprehension. Besides, I didn't really
care. I needed to rendezvous with the the great whites along the old Mohawk
Trail. They were calling me and I always heed their call. I knew that once
in their presence, I would be warmly greeted. From countless visits, I knew
that I could be feeling tired, out of sorts, uninspired, or even sick, but
within moments of being in their presence, the process of renewal would
begin. An energy transfer would take place. I can't prove it, or even have
an idea as to the mechanism, but I believe it happens.... ... fbee?hl=en
more » Bob Leverett, Feb
6, 2010. ... f23d?hl=en
Report from MTSF for Tim Zelazo
Tim, Sorry we couldn't connect for an outing. It was a spur of the moment
thought. Today was HQ, HQ Hill, Pocumtuck, and Indian Springs Pines day in
MTSF. The day's catch will be told in both images and numbers. The attached
spreadsheet HQHQHPIS.xls lists the trees I measured today, including three
150s in the Pocumtuck Pines. I didn't measure more 150s because the piness
in the area of the 150s are very time consuming to measure. They are packed
in like sardines, as you know. So, after struggling with a cluster of them,
I wander off for easier pickings. The attached images are described
below.... ... f23d?hl=en
more » Feb 6, 2010. ... cdb4?hl=en
Last of the Elders
Tim, Thought you might
enjoy this image from the Elders Grove taken on Feb 1st. For me, it shows
why the great whites are the true elders of the Mohawk forest. Bob Feb 5,
2010. ... e0e6?hl=en
Elders Grove update for Tim Zelazo
Tim, Bart and I made it to the Elders Grove today and we finished updating
the 150s there. I forgot my D-tape so we didn't get updated girths on all
the trees. I had 5 measured from prior visits this year. The following table
lists all the 150s and all but one or two 140s. I'll finish them on the next
trip.... ... e0e6?hl=en
more » Feb 1, 2010. ... 2da3?hl=en
White pine update and singing Will's praises
What is exciting is that we have a growing number of pines poised to enter
the 160 Club, joining the 9 that have already made it. The pines I've
recently re-measured that are between 156.0 and 159.9 feet are listed below:
Tree Height Girth Comments Joseph Brant 158.8 11.1 Shunpike Pines, formerly
carried as a 160... ... 2da3?hl=en
more » Jan 20, 2010. ... 63cd?hl=en
Will Blozan in Massachusett
My friend Will Blozan and family has been visiting Monica and me over the
past several days. I thought I'd put together a brief photo chronology of
his visit. On Monday Will and I headed for MTSF. I wanted to make use of
Will's eagle eye. He quickly sees what takes me time to sort out. The first
assignment was to eyeball some of the Pocumtuck Pines for missed
opportunities. The Pocumtucks are a crowded grove. The first image, Image
WillInPocumtuckPine.jpg, shows brother Will next to a 149.1-foot tall,
8.9-foot girth white pine. This handsome beauty will likely join the ranks
of the 150s at the end of this year's growing season. I took this image
while standing in a leech field. We decided to name the tree the Poopy
Pine.... ... 63cd?hl=en
more » Jan 19, 2010. ... 7850?hl=en
Gary Beluzo in the Elders Grove
ENTS, Today, Gary Beluzo and I headed to MTSF for a walk in the Elders
Grove. I wanted to check on the condition of the pines in the grove, and
yes, re-measure a key tree or two while there. The temperature stayed around
16 or 17 degrees. I sank up in the snow in places when I crossed a drift. I
didn't use snow shoes. There was no wind, so I kept warm enough, except for
me feet. Gary stayed warm enough.... ... 7850?hl=en
more » ... ee4c?hl=en
Ed Perle Tree in MTSF
ENTS, Today Monica and I attended a fundraiser for the Charlemont Inn,
Charlemont, MA. But first we took a walk in MTSF among its magnificent
pines. After my recent Virginia visit, I was curious as to how Mohawk would
look to me. Well, the white pines haven't lost a thing. They are as
impressive as ever, after the Montpelier huge tulips, Mohawk's hardwoods
looked as if they've shrunk a bit. Oh well....

Field Trips 2009 ... 0f22?hl=en
Thoreau's Grandfather December 10, 2009 ... 1dd5?hl=en
Day at a time December 8, 2009 ... 2815?hl=en
Finishing up in the Trees of Peace December 7, 2009 ... 1892?hl=en
John Brown pine December 3, 2009 ... 9e06?hl=en
John Brown pine December 2, 2009 ... b9cf?hl=en
A good day Decemebr 2, 2009 ... 1052?hl=en
Pod-Post: slideshow of Trout Brook trip Nov. 15, 2009 ... dd86?hl=en
A Great Day with John and Andrew Trout Brook Cove Nov. 13, 2009 ... 62d8?hl=en
Continuing the mission

(I led an interpretive
walk at MTSF for a Greenfield Community College environmental science class)
Nov. 4, 2009 ... 8728?hl=en
MTSF Confirmations Oct. 26, 2009 ... 0fcf?hl=en
Joe Norton measuring climb video correction Oct. 26, 2009 ... 0a23?hl=en
Catching up in Mohawk Oct. 22, 2009 ... 2eda?hl=en
Video from Joe Norton Tree measuring climb Oct. 21, 2009 ... deb5?hl=en
Andrew hits the 90 foot high branch target on third attempt Oct. 19,
2009 ... ee3f?hl=en
Documentation of the ENTS mission Oct. 19, 2009 ... 7423?hl=en
Back to the Joe Norton Tree Oct. 19, 2009 ... 7881?hl=en
Tree of Peace grove, Mohawk Trail State Forest 10-17-09 Oct. 17, 2009 ... 02ff?hl=en
My Interpretive moment in the Elders Grove Oct. 14, 2009 ... 0f84?hl=en
Saheda Pine and Chris Matera Oct. 9, 2009 ... 473d1c0a9f
Magic Maple Sept 29, 2009 ... 302d?hl=en
The Commonwealth Forest Sept. 29, 2009 ... ce59?hl=en
Tree Exhibit Sep 21, 2009 ... fdff?hl=en
Native tree Walk with Bob Leverett Septemebr 1, 2009 ... 23a6?hl=en
Mahican-Mohawk Recreational Trail August 30, 2009 ... tsf_ma.htm
Totem Trail, MTSF, MA August 15, 2009 ... tsf_ma.htm
Cave in MTSF MA August 14, 2009 ... t_mtsf.htm
Sun, Mike, Joe, and Bob at MTSF August 12, 2009 ... tsf_ma.htm
Good Day MTSF MA August 4, 2009 ... tsf_ma.htm
Meadow Grasses MTSF MA July 27 2009 ... _trail.htm
Along the Old Mohawk Trail July 23, 2009 ... tsf_ma.htm
Frog Pond, MTSF, MA July 19, 2009 ... forest.htm
Mohawk Trail State Forest - My Woodland Mecca July 16, 2009 ... riends.htm
MTSF- Reconnecting with old friends - updating lists May 3, 2009 ... rogers.htm
Lynn Rogers Pine, MTSF, MA Apri; 28, 2009

Aerial View of Trees of Peace Grove ... &encType=1 ... &encType=1

Aerial View of the Algonquin Grove ... &encType=1 ... &encType=1 ... deling.htm
Modeling the Jake Tree Sideways Jan 2009

2008 ... height.htm
Jake Swamp Pine Confirming the Exact Height of the Tallest Tree in New
England Dec 2008 ... ons_ma.htm
Trustees of Reservations MA Composite Rucker Index Oct 2008 ... _ridge.htm
Elders Grove and Clark Ridge MTSF Oct 2008 ... tsf_ma.htm
The Elites MTSF MA Oct 2008 ... pdates.htm
More MTSF Updates Oct 2008 ... rocess.htm
MTSF The long update Process Has Begun Oct 2008 ... e_mtsf.htm
Lynn Rogers Tree MTSF Sept 2008 ... _class.htm
MTSF Pine Height and Girth Classes Sept 2008 ... ne2008.htm
Jake Swamp Pine Aug 2008 ... e_mtsf.htm
Jake Swamp Tree MTSF Aug 2008 ... rowing.htm
MTSF Lee and Dale are Growing Aug 2008 ... mohawk.htm
Initiative to Recalculate Mohawk Rucker July 2008 ... be_170.htm
Jake Swamp Pine Maybe 170 Maybe Not June 2008 ... _again.htm
Mohawk and Jake Again April 2008 ... _hello.htm
Jake Says Hello March 2008 ... h_pine.htm
Lee Frelich Pine March 2008 ... eights.htm
New England Pine Heights March 2008

2007 ... _pine2.htm
Tecumseh Pine and Tall Ships Oct 2007 ... rement.htm
First Day of Retirement June 2007 ... outing.htm
Sunday's Outing and dedication to John Davis June 2007 ... nd_sun.htm
Elder's Grove and Trout Brook May 2007 ... rshner.htm
Dedication of the Bruce Kershner Tree May 2007 ... 070429.htm
MTSF April 29, 2007 ... untain.htm
Thumper Mountain and the Ed Frank Tree April 2007 ... r_tree.htm
Bruce Kershner Tree Jan 2007 ... spares.htm
Picking Up The Spares Jan 2007 ... ations.htm
Confirmations worth mentioning, MTSF, MA ... _maple.htm
Magic Maple Aesthetic Considerations Jan 2007

2006 ... mohawk.htm
Christmas Gift from Mohawk Dec 2006 ... t_mtsf.htm
Hemlocks at MTSF Nov 2006 ... reinds.htm
Old Tree Friends Nov 2006 ... t_2006.htm
Forest Summit IV Oct 2006 ... allery.htm
David Katz Gallery: A Rainy Fieldtrip Forest Summit IV Oct 2006 ... s_mtsf.htm
Weekend Forays: MTSF Oct 2006 ... _0ct06.htm
Striped Maple - Encampment Pines Grove Oct 2006 ... _laser.htm
True Pulse 200 Laser Test Sept 2006 ... aple06.htm
Striped Maple Champion Sept 2006 ... ictory.htm
Sweet Taste of Victory!! Sept 2006<br>
MTSF - Included in one of MA Large Forest Reserves Sept 2006 ... amings.htm Tree
Namings July 2006 ... pine06.htm
Jake Swamp Pine: It is Official! July 2006 ... s_tree.htm
Lee's Tree and others June 2006 ... h_pine.htm
Tecumseh Pine Modeling May 2006 ... _fmtsf.htm
Victory for FMTSF May 2006 ... lats06.htm
Ash Flats May 2006 ... _flats.htm
Indian Flats April 2006 ... idge06.htm
Clark Ridge April 2006 ... e_tree.htm
Plaque Tree - another 140 March 2006 ... andles.htm
Jake Swamp Candle Growth Feb 2006 ... andles.htm
Frank Decontie Tree Growth Feb 2006 ... rd1000.htm
Index RD1000 measurements

2005 ... it_iii.htm
Forest Summit III reports Oct 2005 ... eekend.htm
Another Productive Day - Mt Tom Hemlock and Saheda Pine Modeling Sept
2005 ... d%2076.htm
#75 and #76, and More Sept 2005 ... rd1000.htm
Pine Tree Modeling: RD 1000 Experiments ... _peace.htm
Trees of Peace Grove June 2005 ... ke_tsi.htm
Shunpike TSI and Height Density Index May 2005 ... _ridge.htm
Clark Ridge May 2005 ... f_2005.htm
Tracking New Growth May 2005 ... evisit.htm
Trout Brook Revisited April 2005 ... turned.htm
Leaving No Stone Unturned April 2005 ... risons.htm
Update in MTSF Rucker Index and NE Comparisons April 2005 ... p_pine.htm
Jakes Swamp Pine Jan 2005

2004 ... untain.htm
Todd Mountain Nov 2004 ... ov2004.htm
Trout Brook: A Great Great Day Nov 2004 ... ummit2.htm
Forest Summit II Reports Oct 2004 ... _climb.htm
Thoreau Pine Climb, Dunbar Brook Oct 2004 ... nro_ns.htm
Northern Red Oak/Norway Spruce Oct 2004 ... l_sf67.htm
Saheda Pine, Elders Grove Sept 2004 ... _brook.htm
Record Norway Spruce, Trout Brook Sept 2004 ... _sf150.htm
Mohawk Trail State Forest 150' Club Sept 7, 2004 ... _flats.htm
Heading to Ash Flats Aug 2004 ... l_sf67.htm
Western Wanderings and Mohawk Trail #67 ... l_sf67.htm ... l_sf67.htm
Aug, Sept 2004 ... _maple.htm
Striped Maple, Number 66, and More July 2004 ... l_data.htm Useful
Data/Continuous Forest Inventory June 2004 ... tsf_62.htm
MTSF #62 (ENTS Grove) May 2004 ... hoctaw.htm
Cherokeee-Choctaw Grove/Dedication May 2004 ... r_mtsf.htm
Next Step for MTSF/MTSF Study Plans April-May 2004 ... _ratio.htm
Diameter Height Plots- Cook Forest and MTSF April 2004 ... mber61.htm
Number 61 April 2004 ... growth.htm
MTSF Red Oak Radial Growth April 2004 ... _coves.htm
Cold River Coves April 2004 ... groups.htm
Tightly Packed Tree Groups March 2004 ... _brook.htm
Trout Brook March 2004, Nov 2004 ... ry2006.htm
MTSF Statistical Summary April 2006 ... utions.htm
MTSF Age Distributions Nov 2004 ... ations.htm
MTSF Rucker Index/ 13 Iterations Nov 2004 ... n_mtsf.htm
HD Ratio Record in MTSF March 2004 ... _magic.htm
Mohawk Magic March 2004 ... _picts.htm
Mohawk Trail State Forest Gallery ... r_2004.htm
MTSF Rucker Index /20 Iterations March 2004 ... _ridge.htm
MTSF Clark Ridge March 2004 ... 2_2004.htm
Mohawk Trail State Forest 150 Club March 2004 ... erries.htm
MTSF Black Cherries March 2004 ... ohawk1.htm
What to Make of Mohawk... A Bureaucratic Dilemma Feb 2004 ... mtsf04.htm
Mohawk Trail State Forest Jan 2004 ... _club_.htm
Year End Report 150 Club for MTSF Nov 2003 ... rail03.htm
Mohawk Trail State Forest May, July, Aug, Sept, Oct 2003 ... n_pine.htm
MTSF Algonquin Pine Aug 2003 ... rail02.htm
Mohawk Trail State Forest June, Aug, Sept 2002 ... s/mtsf.jpg
Mohawk Trail State Forest 3D Map ... _picts.htm
Mohawk Trails State Forest Gallery - Beluzo

Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest - ENTS website ... _fmtsf.htm
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