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Coal Bank Pass Gold

Post by dbhguru » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:38 pm

WNTS-ENTS,

Today Don, Randy, and I explored the treasure of high altitude spruces and firs near 10,640-foot Coal Bank pass and on the side of 12,972-foot Engineer Mtn. We measured some dillies. The following list tracks the trees in the order we measured them. ES = englemann spruce, WF = white fir.

Species Height Girth

ES 128.9
WF 109.0 5.9
ES 107.5 7.5
ES 112.0 8.3
ES 83.5 8.6
ES 119.0 6.7
ES 8.6
ES 120.0 8.3
ES 11.0
ES 112.0
ES 118.6 6.4
ES 117.0
ES 120.0 11.6
ES 112.5
ES 115.0 13.3
ES 127.7 12.9

ES 122.0
ES 123.5
ES 124.0
ES 141.3 10.0

The last tree is the record height for a species at over 10,500 feet. The 13.3-ft and 12.9-ft girth trees are remarkable. The palce is a gold mine. There are many englemann spruce that reach between 105 and 115 feet and measure 7.5 feet in girth or more. But there is a scattering of much bigger and/or taller specimens. Images will follow by Don, Randy, and myself.

Bob

ES 8.8
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

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Re: Coal Bank Pass Gold

Post by dbhguru » Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:17 am

WNTS-ENTS,

Last evening I posted on Coal Bank Pass. Here are some views of the scenes we encountered. I've organized the views by several categories. I'd write more, but we're getting ready to take the Durango to Silverton train this morning. I'll post tonight on the trip.

Meadow scenes:

Cold Bank is flush with meadows. Here is a sample of the meadow scenes. Out our highest point we were about 10,800 feet.
CoalBankMeadow3Small.jpg
CoalBankMeadow2Small.jpg
CoalBankMadow1Small.jpg
Randy and Englemann spruce:
CoalBankRandy1Small.jpg
CoalBankRanyd2Small.jpg
Panoramas:

The images will do the talking.
CoalBankView1Small.jpg
CoalBankView3Small.jpg
The Champ:

This is the 141.3-ft Englemann growing at an altitude of about 10,540 feet.
CoalBankChampSmall.jpg
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

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Re: Coal Bank Pass Gold

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:42 am

Wow! Those are some huge trees! Great Photos! Looks like you guys are having a great time. Wish I could have made it out there. Keep um coming! Larry

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Re: Coal Bank Pass Gold

Post by dbhguru » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:45 pm

Larry,

We missed you. It was a splendid rendezvous. But I'll be tree hunting for a couple more weeks in the area, so stay tuned. Here is a summary of special trees measured thus far.


Species Loc Hgt Girth Status Name

Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 160.8 9.2 R Schrater
D. fir Hermosa Cr 158.0 10.7 R White
C. blue spruce Hermosa Cr 156.0 9.2 R Blozan
Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 155.4 9.1 R Frelich
C. blue spruce Hermosa Cr 151.5 R Laura Stransky
Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 151.3 10.6 N
C. blue spruce Hermosa Cr 150.0 N
Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 148.8 12.5 N
D. fir Hermosa Cr 148.0 10.7 R
Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 147.7 10.2 R Randy Brown
Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 144.2 11.3 N D. Bertolette
Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 143.0 10.7 N
Englemann sp Coal Bank Pass 141.3 10.0 N RBD spruce
C. blue spruce Hermosa Cr 134.3 7.0 R
Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 131.0 11.4 N
Ponderosa pine Hermosa Cr 129.4 12.2 N
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 128.9 R
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 127.7 12.9 N
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 124.0 N
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 122.0 N
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 122.0 N
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 120.0 8.3 N
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 120.0 13.0 N
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 119.0 6.7 N
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 118.6 6.4 R
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 117.0 R
Englemann spruce Coal Bank Pass 115.0 13.3 N
SW white pine Hermosa Cr 111.0 8.3 N
N. leaf cottonwood Hermosa Cr 111.0 N
Ponderosa pine HDs 97.0 16.1 N Bill Vance
Ponderosa pine HDs 83.0 12.2 N

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

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