30, 2006 10:56 PST
The Seventh Old-growth Forest Conference held
in Little Rock, AR on
Mar 23rd was a smashing success. ENTS was well represented. Don
Dave Stahle, and lastly and definitely least, myself, organized
administered the conference. All are Ents. Of course, there are
affiliations. Don is a PhD forest ecologist with the U.S.D.A.
Service. Dave Stahle is a distinguished professor at the
Arkansas and the head of the Tree-ring Laboratory. Also
Ents and ENTS president Will Blozan and his faithful sidekick
Riddle. Neil Pederson and Bruce Allen attended. New Ent Josh
attended. Professor Monica Jakuc attended on behalf of the women
and as a conservationist and prominent birder, information of
Ivory-bill and Red-cocaded woodpeckers fell on mightily
There may have been other Ents there. If I've missed anyone,
We were all mightily impressed with the presentations.
Of course the
phenomenal news is that the ecological complexity and extent of
southern swamps has protected a tiny surviving population of
Ivory-billed Woodpeckers. We saw the film of the fleeting bird.
One important fact emerged for me from several
of the presentations
and that is that studying the old-growth processes and
northeastern forests doesn't illuminate the very different
that sculpt the southern swamps. What would be especially
would be an examination of the processes that shape the northern
opposed to the southern swamp forests.
Robert T. Leverett
Cofounder, Eastern Native Tree Society
28, 2006 04:48 PST
I'm back from Arkansas and
catching up on e-mails. Whew!
At Dagmar WMA and later at Bayou
DeView, I saw and measured several 1000+ year old bald
cypresses. One that Will modeled at Dagmar was 10 feet in
diameter at the water line. A quick modeling indicated 1700+
cubes for the big tree. While we didn't see an Ivory-billed
woodpecker, we got all the low down on it and met the researcher
who made the film.
Oak Tree and Arkansas
28, 2006 08:06 PST
Mike and Jess,
The Seventh OG Forest Conference in Arkansas was a
big success and
I'll report on it in due course. But one quick comment. Don
Dave Stahle did one heck of a job putting it together. I was
be the M.C. On the down side, I didn't have much time to measure
about 30 altogether, but I did measure some dandies. Big Oak
Tree SP in
the boot heel of Missouri is a gem. The 132.7-foot tall,
circumference bur oak, the 140.3-foot tall, 10.8-ffot
eastern cottonwood, and the 111.9-foot tall, 25.7-foot
bald cypresses, and the 117.1-foot tall hackberry (I think) were
individual standouts. However, one needs a full day to do
justice to Big
As usual, the champion trees (with plaques)
mismeasured. The pumpkin ash was listed as 133 feet tall. It was
feet. No small error there. The bur oak champ was listed at 142
tall. At 133.7, it wasn't off so much. The leaning champion
tree was listed at 142 feet in height, but it was 114.8 feet
is a 27.2-foot error.
Combining my measurements with those of Don Bragg from his
trip, Big Oak Tree gets a Rucker index of 123.27.