Bullard Woods, MA    Robert Leverett
   Mar 15, 2004 06:35 PST 


   Yesterday John Knuerr and I combed Bullard Woods and completed a
Rucker index and re-measured many trees that had not been measured for 1
or 2 growing seasons. Bullard Woods is owned by the Stockbridge Bowl
Association and has been the woodland that has been touted as the big
tree place to go see in Massachusetts. It is an impressive place as the
following stats reveal.

Species          Hgt        Girth

White pine       133.3        13.4
Tuliptree          124.4       11.4
White oak        115.3         6.9   (new state record)
Shagbark H.     114.0         6.5
White ash        113.5       12.0
Hemlock          111.9       10.7
N. red oak        111.1       11.3
Sugar maple     107.9       10.0
Black cherry     100.8        4.2
Black birch         86.9        5.1

Rucker index      111.9       9.2

   John Knuerr measured the new white oak champ. Bullard Woods is the
only fairly diverse, mature woods site I have seen in Massachusetts
where the white oaks stand toe to toe with the red oaks and in the case
of Bullard, may slightly eclipse the reds.
   I have seldom gotten to Bullard Woods when measuring conditions were
ideal, but yesterday they were. So we took full advantage of the
conditions. The big trees are rapidly falling and so the magic of
Bullard Woods will soon be history. In the best of times its index would
be around 113 or perhaps 114, but not more.

   John and I also swung by Ice Glen and revisited several important
trees. The measuring conditions there were very good also. Beyond the
white pines, like Mohawk, Ice Glen's crowning achievement is its
abundance of towering ash trees. We remeasurerd the height champ and
confirmed it at 140.1 feet. We are giving it the benefit of the doubt
and proclaiming Ice Glen has the second Massachusetts location that can
grow 140-foot ashes - even if only one.

   Meanwhile in Mohawk, John Eichholz bagged another 120-foot black
cherry. That's number two if the measurement holds and for now, I'm
giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Robert T. Leverett
Cofounder, Eastern Native Tree Society