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by pdbrandt
Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Tree of the Week
Topic: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Tuliptree
Replies: 21
Views: 5333

Re: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Tuliptree

Here is a brain dump of the tallest tuliptrees chronicled by ENTS members: 191 ft tall, 17.75 inches CBH, Fork ridge TP (aka Deep Creek water shed) located on may 26 2010 (http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?t=804), revisited by Josh Kelly July 2010 (q) and climbed and detailed Apr 2011 (http://ww...
by pdbrandt
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits
Replies: 14
Views: 8326

Re: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits

Patrick, I'm looking forward to seeing your route. I doubt the tree in your photo is the same tree. The 17' x 185 individual has a major branch at 57' up the bole and as I mentioned is not particularly well formed. It may be just perspective, but the crown on your 19' x 170' tree seems much more im...
by pdbrandt
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits
Replies: 14
Views: 8326

Re: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits

Patrick, I wonder if there actually is a 200-foot tulip out there somewhere. Were I to bet one way or another, I'd probably bet against it, at least confirming one. Still ...... Bob I, naively perhaps, expected to find another 190 footer on this trip and 2 weeks ago wouldn't have been surprised to ...
by pdbrandt
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits
Replies: 14
Views: 8326

Re: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits

Jess Riddle wrote:
Interestingly, people seem to have two fundamentally different styles of walking (flailing) through rhododendron thickets. I've heard many people talk about black and blue shins, but others consistently come out unscathed.

Jess
I need to learn from someone in the latter group!!
by pdbrandt
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:17 am
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits
Replies: 14
Views: 8326

Re: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits

Patrick, Great trip report! One correction: That photo is of Will at the bottom of the Poke Patch Giant; I took the photo. When last measured, the Poke Patch Tree was 179' tall, I wonder if it lost a leader? The 19' gbh x 170' poplar is a very significant tree, as Jess commented. I would be curious...
by pdbrandt
Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits
Replies: 14
Views: 8326

Re: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits

Patrick I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. I think you've done a nice job of capturing the challenges and variety of big tree hunting in the Smokies. You also seem to have learned one of the truisms of hiking off-trail in the Southern Appalachians: it's not how far you hike that matters, it's ...
by pdbrandt
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Topic: Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits
Replies: 14
Views: 8326

Visit to Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar and nearby LIDAR hits

Last week I took a 3 day solo backpacking trip into the Deep Creek watershed of GSMNP with three purposes in mind. 1. to get some rejuvenation time in the woods 2. to check up on the Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar - the tallest known Tulip Poplar in the world. 3. to do an exhaustive ground search in 7 othe...
by pdbrandt
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Central America
Topic: Costa Rica: Astounding high altitude "Grandfather Oak"
Replies: 33
Views: 11748

Re: Costa Rica: Astounding high altitude "Grandfather Oak"

Really cool find! Is this the tallest angiosperm tree in North America now? The Fork Ridge Tulip Poplar was the tallest native angiosperm in North America at 191.9 feet tall. It seems to me that Bart's Grandfather Oak has stolen the title! Bart, I love the photo of the two oaks rising from the clea...
by pdbrandt
Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: Art: Literature, Poetry, and Prose
Topic: A Tree Journal
Replies: 18
Views: 4821

Re: A Tree Journal

I like what you have started. Are you planning to post a picture and thought everyday? Are you the author of the poems?
by pdbrandt
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Measurement and Dendromorphometry
Topic: Nikon 440 vs LTI Trupulse 200X
Replies: 5
Views: 1784

Re: Nikon 440 vs LTI Trupulse 200X

Hi Doug, It is exciting to see the accuracy of the TruPulse 200x. If only it didn't cost $800! I wonder if your Nikon 440 could be better calibrated given that your readings were skewed on the negative side of the pole measured values. One could expect that if the Nikon was well calibrated that abou...

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