Park, IL and Big Oak Tree SP, Missouri
23, 2006 16:29 PST
Ed, Don, et al,
Well, here Monica and I are on the 16th
floor of the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock AR. Although I am
excited about the 7th old growth conference, and enjoy being
here with Monica, I loathe cities with a passion. They make me
feel trapped. I would much rather we would have had the
conference in some out of the way spot in the Ozarks. We drove
through beautiful country in the Boston Mountains.
However, despite my displeasure
with Little Rock, I'm unsure if I'd want to be experiencing
25-30 inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures. The redbuds are
blooming and spring is in the air although Fayetteville had snow
last night where we stayed. It was only the second snow of the
season. We stayed with Dave Stahle last night and the "Lord
of the Rings" was in rare form. What a great person!
On the way to Arkansas, Monica and
I stopped first at Defiance Park in Illinois and then at Big Oak
Tree State Park in Missouri. It was cold and windy, but I
succeeded in measuring 17 trees. The results are presented in
the order of the individual measurements.
Defiance Park, IL Mar 21:
Species Height Circumference
Cottonwood 130.1' 13.4'
Cottonwood 113.0' 10.7'
Cottonwood 117.2' 10.7'
Big Oak Tree SP, MO Mar 21:
Species Height Circumference
Bur Oak 132.7' 17.6'
Cottonwood 130.1' 11.2'
Cottonwood 140.3' 10.2'
Cottonwood 132.5' 10.0'
Cottonwood 135.0' 13.2'
Pumpkin ash 110.7' 16.0'
Cottonwood 136.4' 10.0'
Bald cypress 111.9' 25.7'
Black willow 95.8'
Cottonwood 127.0' 10.2'
Bur oak 125.8' 14.7'
Hackberry 117.1' 8.3'
Shagbark H. 112.3' 7.3'
The cottonwoods are incredible in Big
Oak Tree SP. They aren't the biggest trees in circumference, but
they are the tallest. The one giant cypress was awesome. It was
Monica and I visited a park near Little
Rock and I'll report on that in my next e-mail. We want to find
Will Blozan and Jess Riddle.
Oak Tree State Park 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.