Distribution of 150s     Robert Leverett
   Aug 25, 2004 06:23 PDT 


   Just to update the white pine statistics for MTSF.

   Stand                           # 150s

   Trees of Peace                 19
   ENTS Grove                      16
   Pocumtuck Pines               12
   Algonquin Pines                  9
   Elders Grove                      6
   Cherokee-Choctaw Pines     3
   Shunpike Pines                   2
   Trout Brook                       1


The number of 140s is over 200 and 130s are far too numerous to
account for at this time.

   Since the Mohawk pines are relatively young - 90 to 140 years with
only the Elders Grove at 150 to 175, diameters are not overpowering.
Presently, we have measure 102 pines over 34.4 inches in diameter (9
feet in circumference). There are certainly more since we've
concentrated on height. Trees over 30 inches in diameter are everywhere.
However, because the pines are young, trees over 40 inches in diameter
are thinly spread.

   Much of our fascination with the Mohawk pines stems from their
relatively young age as opposed to what might ordinarily catch our
attention, i.e. old growth status. The Mohawk pines are still growing
rapidly and provide us superb opportunities to chart growth for slightly
different environments. The end objective is to develop predictive
models for both maximum and differential growth over time sensitized to
climatic, topographical, and soil-related variables.

   We have a number of reasons for collecting data of the type outlined
above. However, Lee Frelich is by far the most qualified and elegant
spokesperson for outlining the scientific purposes to be served. So,
Lee, would you be willing to say a few words on the subject? What can we
learn that is not already known? What are the potential benefits of our
research? I know that we've discussed these issues before on the list,
but we have a number of new members who might like to hear a little
about our research and your thought on modeling. Our list membership
presently stands at 98.