Iíve finally got all my tall tree data organized for the state
Pennsylvania. I no longer have data backlogged to the beginning
October. After my recent whirlwind tour of the Smokies, PAís
areas, and getting paperwork finished for the park, I finally
to sit down at the computer and start poking in and rechecking
results. Iíve attached an excel spreadsheet for those who are
interested in current tree height records for Pennsylvania and
Index comparisons for some of our natural areas.
First a short description of each PA natural area Iíve had a
visit over the last 2 months.
Kilmer Natural Area had no tree heights of any significance.
This area encompasses 77acres which is most likely entirely old
It is located just below a ridgeline, ~2000-2300ft elevation, on
steep slope. The old growth runs parallel to the ridge about ľ
down from top. The trail through this area is straight uphill,
you want to come in from the top on a very rarely used and very
access road. The only thing here is that you have to walk back
get out. I still couldnít tell which was harder, coming down
up. Needless to say I started from the top and worked my way
noted hemlock wooly adelgid egg sacs at the ridgetop. This area
unique in that it reminded me of the knarly tops on the old
hemlock in the Smokies. My best way to describe this stunted old
site, would be to take the top 65ft of a Smokies old growth
stick it in the ground. Thatís exactly what this site looked
also noted stunted pitch pine and white pine in this area. Soil
very thin covering over a boulder field.