Branch, Big Creek, NC, GSMNP
16, 2004 10:21 PDT
I want to get some trip reports out as I know many of you are
news. I have not been out much lately and have been super busy
with work and
family. Fortunately, some of my best excursions lately have been
related, namely the Joyce Kilmer and Kelsey Tract old-growth
and last week a trip to Mt. LeConte in the Smokies to collect
3/21/04 Leatherwood Branch, Big Creek, NC, GSMNP
Again, this cove had promising topography for big trees but was
over save for a small section down low. Indeed, it had
tuliptrees over 150'
but such trees are "common weeds" in Big Creek, and I
do not bother to
record them at this time. Some fine older forest still existed
in the lower
parts of the drainage, but nothing spectacular. In fact, one of
trees I measured was a royal paulownia at 9'10"! The
drainage was strewn
with settlement debris including a nice cast iron cook stove.
were common and aggressive, including Japanese honeysuckle,
Forsythia, and multiflora rose. I though I had found a new State
green ash but as I approached I saw that it was a twin-stemmed
tree over 12'
~10' X 138.3'
11'4" X 138.5' Untapered beauty! Looked taller...
3/21/04 Lower Big Creek below Horse Camp, GSMNP
Just two trees worth mentioning:
Northern red oak
13'6" X 130.1' Extremely picturesque tree with high gnarl!
5' X 99.8' Haven't seen many this tall. Well formed and still
That's all for now. The tree hunting season has basically closed
in with the
spring canopy. I may try to do some volume climbs before it gets
too hot and
buggy. I will be in northern Ohio the end of next week so I hope
to at least
confirm the giant cottonwoods I saw near Detroit, Michigan while
I am there.
I'm sure I will let you all know...eventually...;)
President, Eastern Native Tree Society
ISA Certified Arborist