Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:55 pm
by dbhguru
Hello Brigette,

Welcome to NTS. You definitely are among friends. There are a number of NTS members in Massachusetts. You'll see our posts from time to time. BTW, Joan Maloof is a good friend of mine.

The NTS website is extremely deep, so I will leave it up to you to explore it. However, please feel free to ask for help. BTW, I looked at your website. Very impressive. Your drawings are superb.

There are lots of fine woodlands and outstanding trees in Massachusetts. Not many people are aware of them. For example, we have about 1300 acres of old growth forest in the Bay State, about 200 of which are on Wachusett Mtn. We've dated trees there to between 300 and almost 400 years of age. The largest tree in the state is the Sunderland Sycamore in Sunderland, MA. Its current dimensions are: circumference = 25.7 feet, height = 113.5 feet, average crown spread = 135.5 feet. The tallest tree in all New England is the Jake Swamp white pine in Mohawk Trail State Forest. It is 174 feet tall. One of the most charismatic forests is Bryant Woods in Cummington, MA. It features old growth hemlocks and hardwoods, towering pines, and a kind of embracing feeling. Bryant protected those woods when he acquired the property in the late 1800s. There are ancient black gums in a swamp on private property in orange, MA that exceed 500 years in age - our oldest trees. A dwarf pitch pine forest grows atop Mount Everett in southwestern MA. The list of superlatives goes on.

Bob