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Re: The epic mother-load of Carolina hemlock

They were treated extensively, all trees above a certain diameter. The grove was in pretty good shape before treatment. At mid 4000's in elevation, the bugs hadn't done too much damage. they won't have a chance any time soon.
by bbeduhn
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:16 am
 
Forum: North Carolina
Topic: The epic mother-load of Carolina hemlock
Comments: 14
Views: 885

Re: The epic mother-load of Carolina hemlock

Lucas, Chestnut snags typically are smooth or a bit twisted, from a sampling of several dozen or so that I've seen. This fluted trunk is different from what I've encountered. It certainly appears to be just one trunk that became fluted over time into this unusual form. It grew well above 4,000' and ...
by bbeduhn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:40 am
 
Forum: North Carolina
Topic: The epic mother-load of Carolina hemlock
Comments: 14
Views: 885

Re: The epic mother-load of Carolina hemlock

I was fortunate enough to join in on the treatment of these hemlocks, documenting this stellar grove. Carolina hemlock, all heights 104.0' 103.1' 102.9' 101.8' 99.8' 98.4' 97.2' 94.9' 93.1' 93.0' 92.3' 92.1' 91.9' 91.2' 91.1' 89.2' 88.9' 87.9' 87.5' 59.4' Highlights 10'1" cbh 92.1' h 27.5' spr ...
by bbeduhn
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:27 am
 
Forum: North Carolina
Topic: The epic mother-load of Carolina hemlock
Comments: 14
Views: 885

Re: Biltmore Estate Trees

I got back to the probable champion mockernut to get spread numbers and pictures from all sides. The second tallest white pine, on the approach road, has reached the same height as the former tallest white pine, in the azalea garden. The tallest baldcypress has had the ground cover removed from its ...
by bbeduhn
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:09 am
 
Forum: North Carolina
Topic: Biltmore Estate Trees
Comments: 53
Views: 8262

Re: West Fork Chattooga River Pines

I totally missed this post last year. I'd been searching for that elusive 145'+ pitch pine and had plans on hitting the West Fork but haven't made it there yet. Wow! Shortleaf damn near breaks the national record as well! I've seen just one impressive hardwood cove along the Chattooga, near Burrell'...
by bbeduhn
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:28 pm
 
Forum: Georgia
Topic: West Fork Chattooga River Pines
Comments: 6
Views: 495

Re: Pisgah National Forest, Davidson River Area, NC

Bob, I don't expect to get the Boogerman Pine this winter. A summer visit could happen. Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to measure by just one person. With the hemlocks dying, the rhododendron has grown quite thick, preventing any sighting of the bottom. When I last measured it with Will, I...
by bbeduhn
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:30 am
 
Forum: North Carolina
Topic: Pisgah National Forest, Davidson River Area, NC
Comments: 24
Views: 1213

Re: Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area Caesars Head State Park Raven Cliff Falls I'd hiked the loop Raven Cliff about 15 years ago. It's a fairly grueling endeavor as the trail descends into chasm of Matthews Creek and scrambles back up the other side. The creek crossing formerly consisted of two steel cab...
by bbeduhn
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:28 pm
 
Forum: South Carolina
Topic: Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
Comments: 3
Views: 86

Re: Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Oil Camp Creek A ranger at Jones Gap said that there should be some rich cove forest in the lower portion of Oil Camp Creek, so I started there. After a while., I turned back and drove around to the higher elevations. This proved to be a very good idea. The forest is fairl...
by bbeduhn
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:56 pm
 
Forum: South Carolina
Topic: Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
Comments: 3
Views: 86

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Jones Gap State Park Jones Gap has a nice, new visitors center, with a dam and pond, surrounded by some rather tall conifers. The hardwoods, however, were less impressive with the exception of bitternut hickory. Pinus echinata 123.4' 119.4' 116.4' 110.1' Pinus strobus 129....
by bbeduhn
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:45 pm
 
Forum: South Carolina
Topic: Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
Comments: 3
Views: 86

Re: Pisgah National Forest, Davidson River Area, NC

I got back to Looking Glass Rock to check out the rest of the slopes and coves on the east side. This area is accessed by the North Face climbing trail. The forest is protected by a pluton that rises nearly a thousand feet above the surrounding land. There is a large cave a couple of hundred feet ab...
by bbeduhn
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:13 pm
 
Forum: North Carolina
Topic: Pisgah National Forest, Davidson River Area, NC
Comments: 24
Views: 1213
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