12, 2005 05:13 PST
On Sunday morning, Monica and I checked out the New England
pin oak in Northampton. The tree is described by the Northampton
Committee as being 300 years old. I don't know where their
comes from. So I can neither confirm nor deny it, but it is an
I had not previously seen the champ, but when I did today, I was
properly impressed. I measured 3 tops, two of which were
105 feet. Then, I discovered a 3rd top that exceeds the height
of the first two. So, the tree's dimensions are as follows:
Avg Spread: 96
feet (approximately. It may be a little less)
Big tree Pts: 341
The big Columbus Street pin oak is a single-stemmed tree that
about 30 feet up its trunk. It is the current New England
is a most worthy tree, truly one of many Northampton standouts.
After measuring the pin oak, Monica and I went to a property
have reported on before and measured another tulip tree. It's
circumference is nothing special. However, it makes 130.7 feet
and is the 4th 130-footer in the stand.
Northampton is one of the two big tree-tall tree towns in Mass.
Rucker index of Northampton currently stands at 120.2. I have
unsure how to compute the Rucker index for a town. Several
subdivisions are involved and several classes of forests and
Massachusetts, if we take a town to be the political township,
Charlemont wins hands down because of MTSF, but it makes no
consider MTSF to be part of Charlemont. So if we take out
state forests and parks from a township, do we base the
the remaining lands or do we restrict the eligible trees to
more of the central town area? The 120.2 index reflects just the
area of Northampton. When Florence is included, which is legally
Northampton, the index is 120.4. However, I haven't even dented
possibilities of Northampton. Its Rucker index will probably
climb to around 121.5.
As winter sets in, I intend to pursue Northampton's Rucker
Sometimes I need a swift kick in the pants to become motivated.
if Will Blozan and Jess Riddle were here, they would be crowing
champions weekly. The town is awash in tall native and
There are some dilly Norway spruce, white fir, etc. that may
the best that grow in MTSF and Stockbridge, MA.
Robert T. Leverett
Cofounder, Eastern Native Tree Society