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by Erik Danielsen
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Ampersand Basin - Adirondacks
Replies: 3
Views: 22

Re: Ampersand Basin - Adirondacks

9/13 and 9/14 Halfway Brook R0032165.jpg One long rainy day and one short dry day, and a lot of trees. The upland areas just south and east of the sections we previously covered are full of nice hemlock-northern hardwoods old growth, and even further to where Halfway Brook wraps around to the south...
by Erik Danielsen
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Ampersand Basin - Adirondacks
Replies: 3
Views: 22

Re: Ampersand Basin - Adirondacks

9/8-9/9/2020 Ascent of Van Dorrien Something I've wanted to do for a while is summit Van Dorrien peak. There are no trails (official or otherwise) up this mountain, which comes in at just under 3,000' and so manages to avoid attention from peak-baggers. Even in our era of ubiquitous information all...
by Erik Danielsen
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Ampersand Basin - Adirondacks
Replies: 3
Views: 22

Ampersand Basin - Adirondacks

The remarkable site in the western High Peaks Rob Leverett introduced us all to in 2017, as previously chronicled in the Adirondack DIscoveries thread, is tough to refer to by way of existing placenames or administrative units. We've called it "Halfway Brook" after the water body that drains much of...
by Erik Danielsen
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: New York
Topic: McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area, Essex County
Replies: 0
Views: 39

McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area, Essex County

The McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area is over 37,000 acres of mostly-trailless forest immediately north of Lake Placid. In working to "crack the code" of detecting big white pine sites like Halfway Brook via aerial imagery, Rob Leverett has noted a number of sites with potential within this wilderne...
by Erik Danielsen
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: New York
Topic: Buckhorn Island State Park
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: Buckhorn Island State Park

Our understanding of tree species distributions and forest types is definitely still a work in progress. Often those in a position of management for resource or conservation have to treat the available information as comprehensive and set due to the nature of their work, and I think that working att...
by Erik Danielsen
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: New York
Topic: A 50m NY Pine
Replies: 3
Views: 826

Re: A 50m NY Pine

On September 10 2020 a group of eight gathered at the pulloff on Rt. 3: myself, Rob Leverett, Rob's son Devin, Howard Stoner, Howard's friends Betsy, Greg, and (I warned them I don't remember names well), and finally journalist Annie Stoltie from Adirondack Wild. We were there to visit and perform a...
by Erik Danielsen
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: New York
Topic: Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area
Replies: 13
Views: 1584

Re: Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area

Nothing like a good bushwack to a viewless peak with no official trails to avoid the crowds in the adirondacks this summer. Interesting to hear about the old-growth hardwoods you encountered at elevation- in my recent trip over the flank of Ampersand and bushwacking up adjacent Van Dorrien, some rea...
by Erik Danielsen
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Special Lists
Topic: Rucker Comparisons
Replies: 104
Views: 5430

Re: Rucker Comparisons

Brian, I don't have a date for the Juniper unfortunately. He sent me some data for reference when I was on my way down to coastal GA for a vacation, but it doesn't include the year it was collected.
by Erik Danielsen
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Buckhorn Island State Park
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: Buckhorn Island State Park

Hi Brian, I think the marsh stays pretty wet. It has artificial impoundments that regulate the water level to some degree, having been a "wetland reconstruction" project some decades ago. The forests are not so much flooded in the sense of being floodplains of the Niagara, but the extremely poorly-d...
by Erik Danielsen
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Special Lists
Topic: Rucker Comparisons
Replies: 104
Views: 5430

Re: Rucker Comparisons

Hi Brian, NYC Rucker updated: RHI5: 135.22 RHI10: 129.06 RHI20: 121.87 5- Tuliptree- 151.2 Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan Northern Red Oak- 135.8 Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan Bitternut Hickory- 131.1 Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan Chestnut Oak- 131 Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan American Sycamore- 127 Van Cor...

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