Tree Ring Counting  

TOPIC: Tree ring counting

== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Fri, Jan 11 2008 7:56 pm
From: Daniel P Mcconnell

In my research I glue the cores to a board with a notch which will
"accept" the cylinder, wait for the glue to dry, then sand until nearly
flush with the mounting board with an electric sander eventually to 100
grit. I count with an insect mounting pin, dipped in ink if necessary,
under a compound (dissecting) stereoscope. Works great, unless you
haven't kept track and reached 112... or was it 111, or 113? haha Have
fun. I enjoy aging new individuals of fragrant cliff fern (state
threatened here in Michigan) I have found... more straightforward. Let
me know if anyone is interested in aging ferns!

== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Fri, Jan 11 2008 9:12 pm
From: Carolyn Summers

Ok, can you age cinnamon ferns? Let me guess, by the height of the mound
they make? Perhaps our bog has old growth cinnamon ferns.
Carolyn Summers

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It would be even harder to try to count rings from a photo. The best way to go about it, with minimal equipment, would be to get one of those cheap pair of magnifying glasses at Wal-mart or Target. Get the most powerful. Then use something with a fine point - a sharpened pencil, or a dissecting probe, and use that to keep your place as you count. If you have a cross-section or a core, you can use a piece of tape to make a small mark on it every ten rings or so. Take your time and count multiple times.

There are a number of good tree ring sites on the web. One place to start is: The Ultimate Tree-Ring Web Pages  

For a educational tract try:  Introduction to Dendrochronology.