[As an aside Will told me that the climb had been originally
scheduled for December, but was postponed three times due to
inclement weather before it was successfully climbed in
Vista of the Cumberland Plateau to the northwest from atop
"Towering record for park" on the KnoxNews Web site:
Stitch of Base of Tree - Feb 2007
Stitch of full tree and crown - Feb 2007
followed the link shown above you know by now that the Tsuga
Search Project has now documented a new eastern hemlock volume
Laurel Branch Leviathan. Pending further base mapping to refine
measurements of this tree and the Cheoah Hemlock (1564 ft3) the
stand at 1583 cubic feet. We have now documented three hemlocks
cubic feet and three exceeding 170' tall. My congratulations to
on finding the Laurel Branch Leviathan!
Opening in base of trunk. That is Kristine Johnson crawling out, Supervisory Forester for GRSM.
Will Blozan inside trunk
I was interviewed last week for an article for an Asheville, NC
and interviewed today for a special story to go into a
publication celebrating Great Smoky Mountains National Park's
anniversary. Then I got home and was informed that another
newspaper wants to do a COVER story on the TSUGA SEARCH
Initial Ascent of Tree
and Jason measuring lower trunk (photo by
about 30 feet up
BTW, I hear
the Knoxville News Sentinel story was FRONT PAGE!
Jess Riddle, Jason Childs and I will head into Deep Creek for
days to attempt to climb two hemlocks. One has been measured
over 168' tall
and the other should easily exceed 1300 cubic feet in volume.
President, Eastern Native Tree Society
President, Appalachian Arborists, Inc.