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Finally logged in

My name is Landon Smith, I'm from Cincinnati, OH. By trade i'm an Electrician, by hobby i'm a tree climbing and tree hunter. I believe I joined the group some time ago, but faded from the BBS. I follow the Facebook group mostly but realize this is were I should be. I finally Met Bob and Will at the TCI REZ in Waycross, GA. Despite that I still joined :) Hope to talk alot about trees with everyone!
by Yeti
Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:42 pm
 
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Re: Finally logged in

IT was great meeting you guys too. Bob, Anytime I get around people passionate about trees, it's a great time. I thought I was going to stun you with the sugar maple picture, but it took the sassafras picture to get you to drop your jaw. Matt, I'll gladly take your through Spring Grove. I need to get over there and check out some trees, I have been graned permission to climb tree in search of Tardigrades. They have a Beatiful Bur Oak that I want to get into. Of course for collecting Waer Bears, not for the adventure of climbing a great tree. I hope to get more in the science and conservation of the trees. I have found a website that marks 4 old growth locations in Cincinnati. Some i'm familiar with but others I will have to explorer. Hopefully Matt can join, and we'll work on getting him out of his Ground Hog State and a litle vertical.
by Yeti
Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:45 am
 
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Re: Impressive Bur Oaks (OH)

Matt, there is a monser Bur Oak in Embshoff woods, not far from my house. Granted it's lost a lot of limbs but the trunk is MASSIVE. I think i measured in in the upper 18'
by Yeti
Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:56 am
 
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Carolina Hemlock - Tallulah Falls Gorge

Afer the Rendezvous Jessica Rae and I headed to Tallulah Falls Gorge State Park, since the National Parks where closed due to government shutdown. While walking down a staircase I saw this sign and well sometimes State Campions find you. I was surprised by how small this hemlock was, i'm not familiar with the species. I attached a photo. (Jessica's).
by Yeti
Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:08 am
 
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State Champion Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)

Last April I traveled out with a couple members of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to relocate and measure the State Champion Chestnut Oak. Tom Robison also joined along since the hike through Shawnee State Forest was about 2.5 miles and over seveal ridges. The end resulted finding this 116' foot tall, 13'6" (162") Chestnut Oak siting right on the Ridge Line. Hardest tree I've measured so far. Mostly because after hiking those 2.5 miles in with all my gear I then had to climb to the tip. Yes we had a Laser, but that was showing 7' taller than what we measured and it was before Bob and Will's class on how to properly take measurements. Here's a picture.
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That area of forest was nailed with an ice snow that wiped out most of the tall tulips, the DNR began hiking throw the woods inspecting the damage and marking trees for removal. Daniel Bartlett who found he tree was lucky enough to forwad think and sprayed the tree in all directions "KEEP!!!" to pervent logges from cuting it down. The terain was so bad in the area they hauled all the logs out with helicopters. He said it took 3 months doing this to clear out all he fallen trees.
by Yeti
Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:53 am
 
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Re: Tree Maximums - Genus of the Week: Fraxinus (Ash)

I know where some great Blue Ashes are, I need to drag matt out to where I saw them, either for a climb or laser measure. 100'+
by Yeti
Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:13 am
 
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Re: Impressive Bur Oaks (OH)

I ran over to Embshoff and snapped a couple bur oak pics
by Yeti
Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:09 pm
 
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State Champion Tulip, KY's tallest

In 2010, 3 of us went down to the Cumberland falls area to visit the Tallest tree in Kentucky. Still today the most fun i've had doing a climb. We were able to park about .34 miles from the coordinate set we had. Hands full of all sorts of gear we hike the dense rhododendron, big leave mags, and all sorts of stickers. So while search for the tree we were all gazing skyward looking for a 174' monster, but we found none and once 200' away the coord set we started thinking something was wrong, instead things were just about to get amazing!

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We didn't realize we were standing on a 125' cliff face and were virtually eye level to the canopy of these monster. So before we ventured down we decided to shoot lines into the tree from the cliff since we didn't know if the big shot would have been good enough to get us up from the base.

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(Red) Parking N36 53.010 W084 26.883
(Yellow) Shot our throw lines N36 53.141 W084 26.572
(Blue) Tree N36 53.144 W084 26.550

Once our lines set, Duane Hook and Tom Robison went down to manage the lines below while I stayed up top. Once lines were rigged and ropes were attached I made my way down. From there we were met with with this massive cylinder trunk going up 85' before the first branch.

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From there we climbed to the top to drop a tape, 172' tall!, 18'7" circumference.

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by Yeti
Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:30 pm
 
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Re: Trees database- use it

I need a Phone app to make this a productive feature for me. Since my phone I can easily record, coordinates, photos, dimensions, and all other info about the trees.
by Yeti
Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:28 am
 
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Re: Tree Maximums - Genus of the Week: Gleditsia (Locust)

Nearby by streets are lined with the thornless honey, I do love their pink flowers and this time of year their golden leaves. I climbed a go sized one in Columbus, OH whose entry was gained through a nearby Mulberry for a geocache.
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by Yeti
Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:01 pm
 
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State Champion Reese Mesquite

My wife took me to a Chocolate factory just outside vegas in Henderson, NV, she figured since it had a 3 acre Cactus garden I would be excited to go. I was excited to see some cacti plus got to see the state champ Reese Mesquite
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by Yeti
Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:07 am
 
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Death Valley Cottonwood

Death valley is home of a record setting 134F temp, even though set back in 1913, and averages about 2 inches of rain a year. so imagine my surprise to see this!! (Near Scotty's Castle)
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by Yeti
Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:22 am
 
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Re: Tree Maximums - Genus of the Week: Betula (Birch)

River birch just around the corner from my house, I know I know Multi trunk!!
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by Yeti
Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:27 pm
 
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Re: Tree Maximums - Genus of the Week: Acer (Maple)

I know it's a bad picture but here's the Ohio State champion Sugar Maple. CBH 167 Height 120' Spread 68 Points 304
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by Yeti
Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:11 am
 
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Re: Big Hackberry - WV

Rand Tom Robison measure a Co-Champion Hack Berry In the Fairfield, OH area 7 points shy of the Champion. It was a single trunk monster!
by Yeti
Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:20 pm
 
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American Sycamore, 3rd Largest known tree in Ohio.

Seveal years ago a friend took me to this tree. We did a measurement of it at 130' tall, 25'5" CBH and average spread of 97'. Since that measure several branches have popped of but the main leader is still going strong. Last I have seen the area near the tree was buldozed clearing out the smaller sycamores and monser osage orange trees. I have not been in the area for 6 months I hope it's still stilling.
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by Yeti
Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:35 pm
 
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