25, 2004 06:23 PDT
Just to update the white pine statistics for
Trees of Peace
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
Presently, we have measure 102 pines over 34.4 inches in
feet in circumference). There are certainly more since we've
concentrated on height. Trees over 30 inches in diameter are
However, because the pines are young, trees over 40 inches in
are thinly spread.
Much of our fascination with the Mohawk pines
stems from their
relatively young age as opposed to what might ordinarily catch
attention, i.e. old growth status. The Mohawk pines are still
rapidly and provide us superb opportunities to chart growth for
different environments. The end objective is to develop
models for both maximum and differential growth over time
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
spokesperson for outlining the scientific purposes to be served.
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
research? I know that we've discussed these issues before on the
but we have a number of new members who might like to hear a
about our research and your thought on modeling. Our list
presently stands at 98.