Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:04 pm
by Erik Danielsen


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The big tulip. Both this tree and the thickest bitternut have pretty unhealthy looking trunks, unfortunately.



Sunday March 19 I revisited the tallest section of Clove Lakes Park to get a start on comprehensively remeasuring the notable trees located there. In the process I also ended up measuring a number of new trees. This is the first serious measuring session I've done at this site with the Trupulse, and I've been finding that I frequently get results a little shorter than I had gotten with my original Bushnell that only read in whole yards and degrees, perhaps an indication that it tended to err towards rounding up, and generally a little taller than I had gotten with the newer Bushnell Scout DX1000, which does shoot a bit shorter in controlled tests. This makes it a bit hard to say whether any of these trees have actually gotten shorter or taller, measuring in future seasons at least should be grounds for comparison since they'll also be with a Trupulse, most likely.


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The tallest bitternut is in the foreground, with the next tallest behind and to the left.



The two elms are an exception- I can say with certainty that the taller and thinner of the two elms lost a significant amount of height since I measured it last year, since there is sadly just a stump left. The larger one also seems to have sustained some crown damage, possibly in the same event, which would explain the larger-than-expected height discrepancy.


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The remaining elm at 102.5' tall.



The addition of several new taller northern red oaks and a new tall black oak continue raising the profile of the site relative to the rest of Staten Island. A very nice mockernut hickory on the other side of the ravine also becomes a new state max. Speaking of hickories, the tall hickories down in the clove are indeed all bitternut- no pignut. The trees that seemed so different last year now look so obviously the same.


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The 117.1'/9.5'cbh red oak, a beautifully formed tree.



Measurements:

Bitternut Hickory
122' tall/4.8'cbh remeasure
117.8' tall/7.2'cbh remeasure
113.9'/4.4'cbh remeasure
American Beech
112.5' tall/8.1'cbh remeasure
98' tall/5.6'cbh new
95.5' tall/7.2'cbh new
Tuliptree
125.9' tall/12.1'cbh remeasure
Sassafras
103.2' tall/6.7'cbh remeasure, tree with the big burl on the other side
99.6' tall/4.3'cbh remeasure
Northern Red Oak
117.2' tall/7.1'cbh new
117.1' tall/9.5'cbh remeasure
116' tall/4.5'cbh new
113.7' tall/7.1'cbh new
Black Oak
110.6' tall/4.4'cbh new, fused with a thicker stem about 2' from the ground.
American Elm
102.5' tall/9.1'cbh remeasure
85' tall/10.9'cbh new, in the park area along the lake
American Sycamore
101' tall/9.4'cbh remeasure, just collected a cbh for specimen from previous post
Mockernut Hickory
91.4' tall/4.5'cbh new, NYS max height