I have no way of knowing, but I doubt of any of the Mohawk pines will make to 200 feet. I think they have too many obstacles to overcome in this period of climate change. However, beyond the 9 Mohawk pines that already are in the 160 Club, there are plenty more that should make it into that class, a few into the 170s, and maybe one or two into the 180s. That is if everything goes well. Presently, there are 110 over 150.
I have to think about Mohawk grove by grove. The Elders Grove has 2 pines over 160, but they are older trees. We may eventually get a couple of 170s there. At the other end of the age scale, the Frog Pond Pines are young and have good protection. The tallest is now around 147. It is growing very rapidly, but has a long way to go. Time isn't on its side. It will make it into the 150s, and eventually, maybe 160. The Pocumtuck Pines have good protection and the tallest is around 158. However, the Pocumtuck Pines are crowded and one good wind event could take most of them down. I could see a few of the Pocumtucks eventually making it into the mid-160s. As I take the Mohawk, grove by grove, I am inclined to think that if any can, the Pocumtuck Pines are the only ones that have the combination of water and protection to possibly reach the super numbers.
I think of the Cathedral Pines that grew in Cornwall, CT that were once the flagship pines of New England. That stand had one tree over 170 and a lot of 150s. Then there are the examples of Cook Forest, Hearts Content, and Anders Run in PA. There is the Elders Grove in the Adirondacks, and let's not over look the super pines of the southern Appalachians. Two hundred feet is an elusive accomplishment. The great whites can do it, but only rarely.
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest