29, 2006 07:48 PDT
A 4-day stint in the Adirondacks to include
canoe camping at a
wilderness site left Monica and me tired, but happy. We camped
area where the old growth came down to the lake. There is a ton
it on the ridge that drops down into Moss Lake. The Daks are a
treasure by every measure one can think of.
I was able to reconnect with some old friends
(trees). One was the
huge yellow birch near Piseco Lake in the southwestern section
Daks that I discovered in the mid-1990s. It is the largest of
birches that I know of in the Daks, but unfortunately it is
top is dead, but hasn't broken up yet. The birch's final
are 14.7 feet around at the standard 4.5-feet above base level.
girth at 2 feet above base is 18.1 feet. The height ois 96.1
alas. everything is down hill from here on for the venerable old
BTW, the tree's 56.0-inch DBH is the largest by 3 inches that I
fro a birch in the Daks.
I also discovered a new large white pine in
the Raquette Lake region
of the Daks. The new big pine has a broken top, so we named the
"Old Broken Top". The pine measures exactly 13 feet
CBH at the point
selected as mid-slope. Up-slope CBH is 12.6 feet and lower slope
13.2 feet. So for those who average the upper and lower slope
figure would be 12.9 feet. The pine's height to the top of the
has become the leader is 132.0 feet. The broken top is at about
feet. It is a very large pine. At one time, I suspect the tree
have been 145 feet tall, if not more.
More on the Dak old growth in coming posts.
I'll try to explain the
efforts to document the OG that have taken palce over the years
we are at a spot where a new effort can pay handsome dividends.
Robert T. Leverett
Cofounder, Eastern Native Tree Society
29, 2006 11:34 PDT
Yes, the modern view of the Adirondacks is
that there is an ongoing
upward doming of the region. I think that early measurements
glacial rebound, but I guess that process has a different
is extremely exciting to think of an area in the east as
undergoing mountain building. The Daks are Way Cool!!
Eventually, I hope to visit the Adirondacks. One thing
struck me in viewing photos of the high peaks is that
they sure don't
look like other eastern ranges. They look, to me, like
some kind of
mishmash of older, worn peaks and mountains that looked
for all the
world as if they were still undergoing
mountain-building. I asked some
geologist pals of mine about this and was told that the
indeed, undergoing some kind of uplift, and that's why
they don't look
much like the eastern Appalachians in which I've spent
my life hiking.
29, 2006 20:48 PDT
don't forget to hit up the southern dacks too though, tons of HW
there and that's where a majority of the really fat HW are. the
do have some OG too though. it is true that they do have a
of look, a few parts of NC are getting a little closer compared
to the ones
in NJ, PA, MA, etc.