I know what a "Wolf Tree" is. It is a large tree with
characteristics of having been grown in the open in a wooded setting
surrounded by much younger and generally smaller trees. The wolf
tree typically has a fat girth with low heavy branches typical of
open grown trees. perhaps it was left behind to grow in an open
field or similar circumstance.
What I am wondering is why it is called a "Wolf Tree"?
(For those of you with regional speech impediments the word wolf
has an l in it that should be pronounced. A woof is a noise a dog
makes when barking.)
Mike Leonard, July 24, 2009 wrote:
Wolves have a reputation of gobbling up everything around them.
trees gobble up a lot of growing space in the forest that could go
From the Dictionary of Forestry: Wolf Tree - a generally
dominant tree with a broad, spreading crown, that occupies more
space than its more desirable neighbors.
Around my neck of the woods, wolf trees are usually very large
multi-forked white pine trees that would cost much more to process
any sawlogs than what a conventional logger could make from a mill.
they were often left in the woods. Good foresters would have many of
these ugly monsters girdled but now we have a biomass market where
big monster machines can chip junk wood up to 30 inches in diameter.
Other trees can be wolf trees to such as hemlock and various
Recently I marked some huge red maple wolf trees as well as a giant
wolf tree. Nasty trees they were! I also girdled a few hemlock wolf
trees on my woodlot.
Crooked loggers would frequently tell landowners that they were
these wolf trees behind as "seed trees" while of course cutting all
nice straight valuable trees.
Do the same backwards people who pronounce wolf "woof" also
roof so it rhymes with "woof"? I'm amazed that there are so many
semi-literate people in America who like to butcher the English
language! Roof is pronounced like in the song "Up on the Roof"!
This is a "wolf" tree I encountered a few years ago working on a
timber sale in Preston County, WV. The tree was a little over
62" DBH or around 16.25' CBH. It isn't the biggest tree I have
enountered here by a long shot but it is one I have a photo of.
The tree is still there.
The largest yellow poplar wolf I have encountered was nearly
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Hey the NH Seacoast might be small but North Beach in Hampton
has the best surf in New England!
Besides, the water in Maine is too cold and at Old Orchard
Beach you have to speak French because the Quebeckers take over
in the summer!
Real men go to New Hampshire! Why do you think they call it
the Granite State?! HA! I remember years ago a Globe columnist
Mike Barnicle wrote a column trying to compare the Neanderthals
of NH with the supposedly advanced MA people. But I like to
compare the tough New Hampsherites with those wimpy Vermonters.
My wife graduated from SIT in Brattleboro and she said her
friends there can’t find any real men in Vermont. Well I just
had to tell all th
ose beautiful women they need to go to New Hampshire! OK you may
have a few tough loggahs in Maine who like to cut “codwood”.
Here’s a picture of my boy looking down the Precipice Trail
I really appreciate your responses and information about
cutting down trees. I'll respond more later to that...And I'm
developing my own jargon-less tree vocabulary.
WHY go to the Live Free of Die state for surf when a few more
miles northeast will take you to the REAL New England coast:
VACATIONALAND?! That sliver of a beach must be packed. Post a