Old Growth Pines and Hemlocks in Indiana

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Matt Markworth
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Old Growth Pines and Hemlocks in Indiana

Post by Matt Markworth » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:24 pm

One minute you’re driving lazily through farm fields, and the next minute you’re in the midst of unusual landforms and witnessing ancient trees clinging to life on the sides of cliffs. As a Midwesterner, descending into an old growth forest of pines and hemlocks feels like heaven, despite the devilish cliff carvings and the hair-raising Devil’s Backbone. Thus are the contradictions of Pine Hills Nature Preserve.

Located in west-central Indiana, the preserve boasts 200 acres of old growth including hemlocks that have been essentially undisturbed, according to Old Growth in the East: A Survey. Indiana had its first confirmation of HWA last year; however it was far away in the northern part of the state. It was a privilege to hike the trails and to measure a few of these amazing trees. I definitely suggest visiting if you’re in the area, but if you don’t like heights I wouldn’t recommend traversing the Devil’s Backbone as you’ll see in one of the videos below.

Trail Map and information . . .

http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sh ... il_map.pdf

Four measured trees . . .
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Cliff Scenes . . .
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The Devils' Backbone . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz9_vtT8zcc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz9_vtT8zcc
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The four measured trees . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj9TFzFTrIM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj9TFzFTrIM

Slideshow . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzkVsGn-_vo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzkVsGn-_vo

My spreadsheet Master File: http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f ... 940#p20705

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Re: Old Growth Pines and Hemlocks in Indiana

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:51 pm

Great photos! And I'd certainly love to hike atop the Devil's Backbone! I love that kind of stuff!

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Re: Old Growth Pines and Hemlocks in Indiana

Post by Chris » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:59 pm

Very nice! That has to be one of the most western outposts of Hemlock and White Pine in the tallgrass/central tillplains. I imagine Wisconsin/Iowa in the driftless area would have to be the next place you would find those two species (naturally).

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Re: Old Growth Pines and Hemlocks in Indiana

Post by Don » Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:01 am

Chris-
Eastern Hemlock and Eastern White Pine, anyway...: > }
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Re: Old Growth Pines and Hemlocks in Indiana

Post by Matt Markworth » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:24 pm

James - Here's a video of Turkey Backbone that you might like as well . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtRfw1DFthw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtRfw1DFthw

Also, here's the reference link for the Indiana HWA confirmation last year . . .

http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventL ... =syndicate

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Re: Old Growth Pines and Hemlocks in Indiana

Post by edfrank » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:05 pm

Here is Matt's Video:

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Re: Old Growth Pines and Hemlocks in Indiana

Post by Chris » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:08 am

pitsandmounds wrote:Also, here's the reference link for the Indiana HWA confirmation last year . .
That is weird. It completely jumped over Ohio/Michigan. I find what the DNR says odd because I don't think it has been found in Michigan yet.

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