Back in January 2005 I moved in with a close friend after my
me. He lives right across from the 50 acre Kellogg Center which
some nice trails through meadows and white pine forests. These
served as a retreat from the dispair I was in at the time. A
get away and be alone. A place to collect my thoughts a bit.
years later I am remarried and in much better mental shape. But
not forgotten how much this forest has helped me. I remember
every time I visit the place. I guess this is among my most
A little over a year ago I invited Will Blozan to visit the
me in tow to get a really detailed look at the forest. We were
disappointed. The pines were impressive.
And here is another later post on the site.
Today I returned to Kellogg and found a new parking lot off
Rugby Rd enabling easy trail access 7 days a week. I measured a
Honeylocust there. Walking down the hill I noticed that some
been cleared from the forest on the right. Upon entering the
heart sank. Tears came to my eyes. A few tens of yards on the
side of the Rudnick Woodland Nature Trail the forest had been
decimated. Most of the trees had been cut. Will can probably
walking across a log looking at the forest on the other side of
ditch. That forest is now gone with only a few scattered
trees left. This amounts to several acres. Fortunatly the big
pines near the trail are still standing as is a big pitch pine I
measured there last year. Most of the woods cut were small and
sized trees. I feared they had reached the big pine grove Will
visited a year ago. Will had commented on that grove saying it
be really impressive given more time and that in another century
would be a forest of giants. Walking up the trail I found that
majority of the grove was still intact and standing. I can only
it stays that way. My guess is that UNCA has sold some of the
to developers and another subdivision is going up. All I can do
shake my head. All the trees on the trails left are fine.
Here is some trees I measured today. Two notibles are a huge
pine and the huge field white pine that Will girth measured. I
named that huge pine the " Octopus ". It resembles a downward
octopus with at least 8 " tentacles ", huge upward growing limbs
growing from a very short stubby " body " that is of course the
I had guessed the tree at about 80 feet tall but it measured out
a surprising 104.3 feet tall. I measured the apparently single
only about a foot above the ground since the limbs branch out
low. It is an impressive 15' 8" cbh! Bob Leverett, what do you
I found many cut stumps in the cut section of the forest but
cut so roughly or had so much sap on them that I could not count
rings accurately. I found one decent one that was 1' 5" in
with 49 growth rings. I still speculate on the ages of those big
pines. Will guessed the big ones maxing out at about 120 years.
think they still might be a little older.
Here is the measurements for today. I stopped by here after
Clay and did not have my camera with me.
Honey Locust 8' 5" cbh!
85.5 feet tall.
7' 2" cbh 96
6' 10" cbh 111.4 feet tall.
American Holly 2' 2 1/4" cbh 40.3
8' 0" cbh! 103 feet tall.
11' 0" cbh! 125 feet tall *
White Pine 15' 8" cbh!!
104.3 feet tall. ( Huge
reiterations from very short stubby main trunk )
Red Cedar 4'
11" cbh 58.9 feet tall.
* I could not quite find the top. This is the highest point I