Pine Orchard, Wells, NY

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ElijahW
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Re: Pine Orchard, Wells, NY

Post by ElijahW » Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:31 pm

Erik,

You're seeing what I'm seeing. From the Northway (87), I've been looking at a handful of trees that ought to top 140', but the only real access is on foot, and a pretty good walk. But that's fine. Fall would be fine; I'll likely be up there to hunt in October, but I can make multiple trips, as well.

Elijah
"There is nothing in the world to equal the forest as nature made it. The finest formal forest, the most magnificent artificially grown woods, cannot compare with the grandeur of primeval woodland." Bob Marshall, Recreational Limitations to Silviculture in the Adirondacks

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Re: Pine Orchard, Wells, NY

Post by ElijahW » Mon May 18, 2020 2:46 pm

NTS,

Following this weekend's return visit to the Pine Orchard, I have an updated list of measurements of the magnificent White Pines:

155.3' x 13.28' (previous tallest)
153.2' x 13.21'
151.3' x 12.12' (new tree)
150.3' x 12.72' (new tree)
145.8' x 12.44' (new tree)
139.3' x 14.98'
127.5' x 14.75'

A couple of other interesting observations from the outing:

-I counted ~145 growth rings at ~20' from the base of a fallen and cut Red Spruce. Given the slow initial growth rate of the species, it may have germinated around the same time as the nearby White Pine grove (c. 1815).

-Amidst the old White Pines I came upon several Painted Trilliums (Trillium undulatum). In my opinion, they're the most beautiful of the Trilliums, and the one I see the least. At the trailhead were several Purple Trilliums (Trillium erectum) in bloom, as well.

Elijah

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