TOPIC: Thanksgiving trees
Mountain Lake State Park
I hiked portions of most of the trails in the park and found nothing
to report. The forests are too young and disturbed to produce much
yet. It was disturbing to see acres and acres of
pine forests with an understory component dominated by Japanese
honeysuckle, privet, and earthworms. I come across an interesting
site that must have been some form of limestone outcrop. Over this
several acre patch the short- canopied, open forest was dominated by
black walnut and honey locust. The mid and understory was full of
redbud, red cedar and a highly contorted Celtis,
perhaps C. tenuifolia.
They were full of fruit and shared some space with paw-paw. The
overall appearance of the site was very unique to me- short trees,
open canopy and an assemblage of species I have not seen together in
such abundance. It was perhaps semi-savanna perpetuated by black
walnut allelopathy. Here is a shot taken just before the rain came.
== 2 of 7 ==
Date: Fri, Dec 5 2008 4:14 pm
From: "Edward Frank"
Places like this in which the trees are not spectacular, but
represent an unusual assemblage or exhibit unusual character are
something I feel is as important to document as are the big trees we
measure. Other examples, such as the the rock elm forest in
Minnesota, are also worth documenting. I am wondering if you or
others have any ideas on how to better define or document these
unusual assemblages that would give them more weight or importance
when considering the ecologic or aesthetic value of various forested
== 3 of 7 ==
Date: Fri, Dec 5 2008 4:19 pm
From: "Will Blozan"
True. I have no idea if such a site has any significance at all in
context of the state or eastern woodlands. To me, they are a novelty
don't encounter them regularly.
Will F. Blozan
President, Eastern Native Tree Society
President, Appalachian Arborists, Inc.
== 5 of 7 ==
Date: Fri, Dec 5 2008 4:26 pm
From: "Edward Frank"
I don't know if they are significant in a broader context, but when
they strike you as as something unusual, given your passion abut
trees, that certainly is a place to start. If these places are not
being noted or documented in any way, how are we to know what is
unusual and what is simply commonplace?