Good to hear from you. Have you moved to New York yet? Thanks for bringing us up to date on the dendro sources. I was surprised not to see the Nelson Swamp white pine that Don Leopold's people dated back around 1997 or 98 located east of Syracuse in Nelson Swamp. Has it died? It was dated to 458 years at the time. I have no idea if the dating methods were acceptable to you all, but assume they were. I presume Jess Riddle knows of the tree.
I was also surprised to not see the 379-year old yellow birch on Wachusett Mtn that Dave Orwig dated back in the mid-1990s. Has it died?
Back in the late 1990s, Don Bertolette and I dated a Fraxinus americana in Monroe State Forest to approximately 230 years by ring count. I can take you to the tree along with another that was dated by forester Rexford Baker to 258 years in age back in 1989. The tree is still standing, but has lots of rot. These trees may not have been dated by sufficiently rigorous methods to qualify for the list. I realize that. However, if you get a chance to pay me a visit, I feel very confident that we can beat the 198-year figure for white ash, not once, but maybe a half dozen times. If you get a chance to come this way, I would take you to see the Neil Pederson pine in Monroe. Every tim, I go up there it whisper, "Bob, Bob, where's Neil? When is he coming to visit his tree?" Honest. I can hear the big pine whispering. You see, it is first necessary to sample some little mushrooms growing near the pine ..... uh, oh, skip that part.
Seriously, what is your availability to come to the Oct 14-16 ENTS conference in western Mass and make a presentation on old trees and tree dating?
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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