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by Erik Danielsen
Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Allegany State Park's Trackless West
Replies: 14
Views: 5141

Re: Allegany State Park's Trackless West

In the past month I've had the chance to make a couple visits to this part of ASP. I'm including now the rest of the western portion of this park (not just that large trail-free block) in this thread. Even though there are some trails around Quaker Lake and Blacksnake Mountain, the density of trails...
by Erik Danielsen
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Big Basin - Allegany State Park
Replies: 23
Views: 7902

Re: Big Basin - Allegany State Park

Stefan,

Those parts of PA definitely are a good indicator for this area's growth potential. And it turns out ASP has its own answer to "Miss Marilla" in the western section, which I'll post about soon. Haven't found any really large Yellow Birch yet, though.
by Erik Danielsen
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Buckhorn Island State Park
Replies: 8
Views: 1935

Re: Buckhorn Island State Park

I've been able to make a few more quick visits to Buckhorn to continue exploring and measuring trees. As of this past week, the large 16.5'cbh Shumard Oak has lost about half its crown. It was interesting to be able to look at the foliage, twigs, and acorns up close rather than scavenging fallen bit...
by Erik Danielsen
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Washington
Topic: Hoh Rainforest
Replies: 14
Views: 4585

Re: Hoh Rainforest

I had thought Zoar's tallest Tulip might be the tallest hardwood in north america north of the Philadelphia area, and I think typical map projections gave me a notion that NY is similar in latitude to parts of Washington. Never mind! Your Black Cottonwood is further north than the northernmost tip o...
by Erik Danielsen
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: New York
Topic: A 50m NY Pine
Replies: 9
Views: 2615

Re: A 50m NY Pine

Of the three 160' trees in the area, only two are at or near 13'cbh, and none of the trees measured to the upper 150s that may become 160s are in the 13'cbh range yet either, so I think for now it's just two. That's not to say there couldn't be more to find. 13'cbh pines in the adirondacks just keep...
by Erik Danielsen
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Illinois
Topic: Beall Woods State Park
Replies: 4
Views: 1344

Re: Beall Woods State Park

Hi Elijah, There are a couple snippets about Beall Woods here: http://www.nativetreesociety.org/fieldtrips/illinois/index_illinois.htm Unfortunately in both cases it seems the discussion primarily continued in the linked google groups discussions, and as far as I can tell that's all gone. I was able...
by Erik Danielsen
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Ampersand Basin - Adirondacks
Replies: 3
Views: 821

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: 821

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: 821

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: 868

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...

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