Today Bart Bouricius and I went Indian Well State Park in Shelton, CT. The park borders the Housatonic River. Here is an aerial view of the part of the park. It is the green strip following the river.
Our quarry was tuliptrees and they are there in numbers. Here is a look at a beauty along the first trail we took. Its stats are girth = 10.6 feet, height = 144.2 feet.
The next to shots are to give a fell for the abundance and dominance of the tuliptrees in Indian Well SP.
All together, we confirmed at least 8 tulips over 140 feet. There are more, but not a lot more. However, the prize of the day was this beauty.
This tuliptree measures 10.0 feet around and is 152.5 feet tall. Yes, another Connecticut site with 150s. We were understandably pleased. Bart located the tree with his eagle eye and I went up slope and worked to find the top. He got a 50-yard bounce from beneath, lying on the ground and looking up. I confirmed 152.5 as the tip top.
We measured other species and got some decent numbers. Here is a look at a double-stem sycamore measuring 14.75 feet around and 122.0 feet in height. We will return and do justice to the other species.
Near the end of our trek, we saw several trees that looked like sassafras. Here are three views. Any ideas?
We tried to find leaves in the leaf layer, but couldn't make a positive identification.
I believe that Indian Well SP has an RHI of around 115. We'll see. It definitely justifies several return trips. Thanks, Ryan, for your prior scouting. We would have no clue about this location were it not for Ryan LeClair.
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
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