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New MN Red Pine Champ., Lost 40 area, MN

Last fall I drove up to the Lost Forty area in northern MN, near the town of Blackduck to take a gander at some old growth trees. The area was missed by loggers due to surveying error. I know there has been talk of this place in the past.

Minnesotas former largest red pine was located in Itasca State Park, the scource of the Mississippi, it lost its top a few years ago in a storm. I decided we needed a new champ because its our state tree and thought this was a sure place to find one. I found a number of large red and white pines. Largest white pine that I remeber was 144" in circm which is rather wimpy compared to the whites which seem to be abundant on the east coast.

The largest red pine I found was 115" cbh. My height 109', 36' spread. 233 total pts Height using the hand and stick method. I submitted it in September and just heard back from the DNR. The big tree coordinator had a forester measure it and they came up with 115" cbh 120' tall 38' spread. 245 total pts. So I was pretty happy to see that my stick and hand height measurements weren't too far off. I guess I'd rather be shorter than taller. So Minnesota has a new Red Pine Champion, my first champ tree.

There are also some large aspen and birch trees there.

I also stopped in Itasca State Park on the way home to check out some large Red and White pines they have.
by Jimmy McDonald
Wed May 19, 2010 9:41 pm
 
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Pine Point Natural Area

Not far from Stony pt campground I visited Pine Point Natural Area also on the shores of Leech lake. I read that there were mostly Red Pines around 275 years old. I walked along a forest road and Meausered any trees I could see that looked interesting. The largest Red Pine I was able to find was 8'7" cbh. There seemed to be numberous reds 6 to 7 feet in circumference. The largest white I found had unfortunately been blown down. Its bottom 20 feet remained standing. It was 11'7" cbh. There were also many big tooth aspen trees around. The largest was 8'3" cbh. There is a lot more area to be explored here I think because I never ventured far from the road.
by Jimmy McDonald
Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:58 pm
 
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Schoolcraft State Park

Yesterday as I was driving through the Chippewa National Forest I decided to stop by Schoolcraft State Park near Deer River, MN. Its a small state park along the banks of the Mississippi. Many white pines around the 7' to 8' cbh and many Red Pines in the 6' to 7' range, the largest red I founf was 8' cbh. On the MN DNR website it says the park has a 300 year old white pine so I had to find it. I guess I was expecting a large single trunked white pine but found a large multi stemmed tree instead. I talked to a worker there and he said that the park had been logged back in the day and most of the trees were cut but they left this one pine because of its odd shape. I do believe that it is one tree but it is grown on the bank of the Mississippi which opened it to sunlight. I think that is why it has four large stems. This tree poses classic measuring questions about circumference. I measued it a few different ways to get the idea of how big the tree was. The smallest circumference I found was 14'5" and that was about a foot off the ground on the upslope side. The cbh at the midslope was 15' 6".

The worker I was talking to showed me another large white pine in the park that may have gotten past the lumber jacks because of its shape as well. This white forks at about 12' off the ground. CBH 12'3"
by Jimmy McDonald
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:36 pm
 
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North Dakota Champion Cottonwood

I have been working in North Dakota lately and I decided to take a little detour on my way home back to Minnesota. I read on the North Dakota Champion trees that there was quite a large Cottonwood in Horace. 26'8". I saw a few pictures online of it. It has a name even Uncle Johns Cottonwood. It is a two trunked tree, or something like that I'm still confused as to when it's one tree or two or has two trunks. But here are some photos and I'll be interested to hear what you guys have to say about it. I gave it a measure and found it to be 28'7" cbh. You may be able to get a smaller measurement due to its shape.
by Jimmy McDonald
Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:27 am
 
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Re: MN Champion American Elm

Yeah I'm usually disappointed by Champs because they are doubles.
by Jimmy McDonald
Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:37 pm
 
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MN Champion American Elm

This past summer I took a visit to check out Minnesota's Champion American Elm. Measurements listed on MN DNR Website: CBH 228" Height 80' Crown Spread 87'
by Jimmy McDonald
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:01 am
 
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Lake Williams, ND

This cottonwood definitely forks at ground level but it's still an interesting tree.
by Jimmy McDonald
Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:11 pm
 
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Bantry, ND

I've traveled across North Dakota a few times for work over the past four years. I've run into some large cottonwoods in a state that doesn't have a lot of trees.

This particular cottonwood measured at 24 feet 6 inches. It may be classified as a multi stem multi tree I don't know, you be the judge. I did not include the one clearly separate trunk in the measurement.
by Jimmy McDonald
Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:02 pm
 
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Anamoose, ND

23 feet 8 inches was the smalles circumference I measured. 25'6" at 4.5 feet. This I would call one tree. Maybe because I want it to be.
by Jimmy McDonald
Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:06 pm
 
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