Amherst, MA   Robert Leverett
  Jan 09, 2006 06:54 PST 


     Yesterday Monica and I went to the Emily Dickenson estate in
Amherst, MA. Emily's estate is next to the Austin Dickenson estate.
Austin was her brother.

     As a big tree haven, Amherst has many old trees. Amherst isnít the
big tree Mecca that Northampton is, but there are lots of possibilities
on the old estate. On the Dickenson estates, my eye was on a cluster of
tuliptrees and one in particular that appeared to be exceptionally tall.
I measured it and a second tuliptree. The stats are (125.4, 10.9) and
(112.6, 9.5). A third tuliptree with a broken top is 12.8 feet around.

    There are several old white pines on the estates with their tops
gone and a few other species worth measuring, which I'll eventually do.
All told, I haven't spent much time measuring trees in Amherst, but
there are many large silver maples and sugar maples, a few large elms,
and lots of oaks of four species (red, black, white, pin). But so far
the tallest tree I've measured in Amherst is the 125.4-foot tuliptree.
Around the area, I see plenty of 100-foot trees of half a dozen species,
but nothing much above 100. I believe Amherst's Rucker index will top
out between 110 and 112.

      One bit of good news is that I measured the diameter of the tall
tuliptree with the RD 1000. At 177 feet, I got a diameter measurement of
41 inches. When I got to the tree and measured it with the D-tape, I got
41.7 inches. That's not bad from such a great distance and it gives me
more confidence in the measurements taken up the trunks of the white
pines that have been modeled. Oh yes, #61 was added to the list. No
significant changes to any of the statistics.

     Anyway, the tall tuliptree is now named the Emily Dickenson
tuliptree. Way cool.


Robert T. Leverett
Cofounder, Eastern Native Tree Society