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Re: Atlantic white-cedars in eastern MA

Today I went on a little solo reconnaissance mission to scope out the Atlantic white cedars in the Westborough cedar swamp. At the confluence of several streams and at the headwaters of the Sudbury River, this wetland area covers over 1,600 acres. There are only scattered patches of cedar trees thes...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Atlantic white-cedars in eastern MA
Comments: 5
Views: 184

Re: Atlantic white-cedars in eastern MA

Yesterday Doug and Ellen Bidlack hosted an Atlantic white cedar hunt in southeastern Massachusetts, to which Andrew Joslin, his friend Asa, and I were cordially invited. We met in the morning, piled our bodies and gear into my car, and set off for Copicut Woods in Fall River. I parked the car on Yel...
by a_blooming_botanist
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Atlantic white-cedars in eastern MA
Comments: 5
Views: 184

Re: 150-ft white pine in eastern MA

Jared, Congratulations to you and Doug. This is a significant find. Are these trees in a plantation? Any guess as to the age? Elijah Thanks! I see no evidence that would suggest that these trees are plantation trees. Harvard Forest published a map of Massachusetts showing, based on land cover surve...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: 150-ft white pine in eastern MA
Comments: 7
Views: 157

150-ft white pine in eastern MA

Good news, everyone! Eastern Massachusetts now has a member of the 150’ white pine club! Today I had the pleasure of meeting up with Doug Bidlack to measure some of the tall pines in Lincoln that he had reported on back in 2014. As these trees are growing on private property, we first stopped at the...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: 150-ft white pine in eastern MA
Comments: 7
Views: 157

Re: New MA state champion yellow birch

Impressive allegheniensis! Keeping in mind this species predilection towards starting life atop a rotting stump or log, it's quite common to see large old yellopw birch "standing on stilts" the old stump or log having long since rotted away. But this is a nice one and I agree that the for...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:47 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: New MA state champion yellow birch
Comments: 7
Views: 259

New MA state champion yellow birch

Welcome to 2017, all ye Native Tree folk! For all the talk about how 2016 was such a bad year, there was at least one positive event that deserves recognition: the discovery of the new Massachusetts state champion yellow birch. In doing what we do best (i.e., wandering around old second growth and o...
by a_blooming_botanist
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: New MA state champion yellow birch
Comments: 7
Views: 259

Re: Tall pitch pine in Blomfelt Conservation Land of Harvard

Ho ho ho, ENTs! This Christmas Santa brought me a very special new toy, an LTI TruPulse 200X. He told me he was very pleased with the tree measuring I have done thus far with my Nikon ProStaff 440 and that he would like for me to be equipped with the most accurate rangefinder on the market on all of...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Tall pitch pine in Blomfelt Conservation Land of Harvard, MA
Comments: 7
Views: 407

Tall pitch pine in Blomfelt Conservation Land of Harvard, MA

Hello, ENTs! Last Sunday and again today I spent a few hours in the woods of northern Harvard, specifically the Blomfelt conservation land. This piece of land lies just west of an old Shaker settlement, and includes the southern portion of a small hill with wetlands and a pond flanking it. The town’...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Tall pitch pine in Blomfelt Conservation Land of Harvard, MA
Comments: 7
Views: 407

Re: Introduction

Hello, Bo! Welcome to the Native Tree Society! I am a fellow easterner (of Massachusetts) with an interest in old and big trees. I had a chance to visit the Carlisle Pines last month. That hemlock that you measured is quite a tree, huh? It's a shame that the hemlock wooly adelgid has gotten the best...
by a_blooming_botanist
Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Post Here First - Introduce Yourself
Topic: Introduction
Comments: 8
Views: 491

Re: Remeasure, 124.83' White Pine, Carlisle, MA

Andrew, nice to hear from you again. I've been a bit busy the last few months so I haven't been posting either but I continue to read everything and I'm hoping to start posting again soon. Maybe we can get together with Jared and do some measuring together in eastern Mass. We obviously go to many o...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:46 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Remeasure, 124.83' White Pine, Carlisle, MA
Comments: 10
Views: 549
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