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by Erik Danielsen
Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Mount Manresa- Staten Island- Tragic logging unfolding
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: Mount Manresa- Staten Island- Tragic logging unfolding

As an update they don't even have their permits in place yet- but apparently they don't need them for the trees. The developer's actions are openly hostile to the community. Kershner's work is a very positive inspiration to me; incidents like this, for better or worse, are an inspiration of a differ...
by Erik Danielsen
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:53 am
Forum: New York
Topic: Mount Manresa- Staten Island- Tragic logging unfolding
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Mount Manresa- Staten Island- Tragic logging unfolding

Sad news today from friends in Staten Island. Mount Manresa is a small site treasured by the local community containing some historical buildings, a prayer grotto, and about 400 very old trees (the notables being tuliptrees and oaks). I imagine there are some here who know the site but I've never he...
by Erik Danielsen
Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Rushing Stream Preserve Old Growth- WNY
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Re: Rushing Stream Preserve Old Growth- WNY

Well, Chris and I have already had to sort ourselves out regarding certain poplars, black willows, cottonwoods and tuliptrees, so it probably is the case that the two of us should wait until after leafout to get terribly enthusiastic about declaring trees identified. It's fun to think it's an old sh...
by Erik Danielsen
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: New York
Topic: Rushing Stream Preserve Old Growth- WNY
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Re: Rushing Stream Preserve Old Growth- WNY

Yeah, the big sugar maple is on a narrow strip of steep slope between the preserve border and the stream, where there are a number of mature trees surrounded by much smaller growth. That was probably relatively open and managed for hunting before the Audubon society bought the site (1986 I believe),...
by Erik Danielsen
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: New York
Topic: Rushing Stream Preserve Old Growth- WNY
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Re: Rushing Stream Preserve Old Growth- WNY

Brian, this is actually my first time measuring girth in any serious way! I did read everything I could find on the topic in the NTS reference section. Continuing, here are some of the Hemlocks. Nothing as big as in Lilydale, but solid and beautiful to see. IMGP1156.JPG IMGP1167.JPG IMGP1097.JPG IMG...
by Erik Danielsen
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: New York
Topic: Rushing Stream Preserve Old Growth- WNY
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Rushing Stream Preserve Old Growth- WNY

Today brought some beautiful weather so I got together with a new dendrophile friend from Jamestown (Chris Merchant) and headed up to the Rushing Stream Preserve, way down in a far corner of Forestville, NY. I've actually cycled and driven past the site dozens of times for work, but Chris had the im...
by Erik Danielsen
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: Tree Species, Families and Identification
Topic: ID some Oaks- different or just really old?
Replies: 6
Views: 1649

Re: ID some Oaks- different or just really old?

Tom, I believe the state land I've been hiking around on is in fact the J.N. Adams Historical Landmark and Forest. There's a lot of info on the forest in this page: http://jnadam.org/forest/index.html
by Erik Danielsen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Tree Species, Families and Identification
Topic: ID some Oaks- different or just really old?
Replies: 6
Views: 1649

Re: ID some Oaks- different or just really old?

The soil there supports some large beech, hemlock, white pine, and silver maple, so I figure I probably just haven't found the big oaks yet. Some nearby state land has the biggest red oaks I have ever seen, however. This coming week I hope to do girth measurements and get some good photographs to sh...
by Erik Danielsen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Tree Species, Families and Identification
Topic: ID some Oaks- different or just really old?
Replies: 6
Views: 1649

Re: ID some Oaks- different or just really old?

Aspen was what I first thought they were from across the field, actually, but the twisted shapes (I've only ever really seen skinny young aspen) and the attached leaves convinced me otherwise. I was really quite sure that that leaf was attached to the mentioned fallen tree (the branch it's on is hid...
by Erik Danielsen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Tree Species, Families and Identification
Topic: ID some Oaks- different or just really old?
Replies: 6
Views: 1649

ID some Oaks- different or just really old?

Near my home is a stand of Oaks that the homeowner (I'm housesitting for the winter) has referred to as "old growth." Given what I read on the characteristics of old trees, I have no real reason to doubt that these trees are if not old growth very old secondary growth, and the forest shows a lot of ...

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