Search found 3 matches

Return

Re: Wassaw Island is virgin. Can't find any tree surveys

I have been over there several times over the years and yes it is well worth the visit. It is different than most the islands in that little of the island has been cleared. It is a narrow island probably not over 1/2 mile wide over much of it's length. It is a series of old dune ridges and wet swales running lengthwise. About the only level areas are on the backside and much of that is taken up by the private in-holding of the previous owner. The soils over much of the island are very sandy and you won't find many large oaks though there are a few on the back side near the Parson's property. Walking across the island it is surprising the height and steepness of the old dunes. There are stunted pine and oaks on the tops of the dunes and the swales take on a tropical characteristic with tall palmetto and bay. Much of the island burned in a catastrophic wildfire 8 or 9 years ago. The last time I was over there was after the fire and it was pretty sad looking, but I am sure by now it probably looks much better. I have a bunch of photos I took before the fire if I can find them. Also much of the Red Bay has been taken out by the laurel wilt in recent years and I suspect the other large bays were done in by the fire.

As mentioned you need to take a boat over there. About the closest public ramp would be Butterbean Beach on the Skidaway Causeway or at Coffee Bluff Marina. The F&WS dock is on the SW side of the island a short distance up the creek off of Ossabaw Sound. You can land there and then anchor out in the creek. If you are a strong paddler and work the tides you can put in at butterbean beach (about a 10 mile paddle one way) and land about anywhere. But watch the wind as Ossabaw Sound can get pretty rough on an east wind (afternoon sea breeze) and an outgoing tide.
by wfell
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:10 pm
 
Jump to forum
Jump to topic

Re: Wassaw Island is virgin. Can't find any tree surveys

Here are some pic's from Wassaw Island before and after the fire.
by wfell
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:24 pm
 
Jump to forum
Jump to topic

Re: Live Oaks in Savannah, GA?

Eli
Haven't been on this site for a good while, but here is my two cents. There aren't many truly big oaks in downtown Sav'h that I'm aware of. Most of the oaks downtown in the Squares, parks and streets where planted about 100-120 years ago. The ones in Emmett Park on Bay St were planted in the 1890's. Many of the photos of the squares in the 20's and 30's show relatively young trees. I believe the squares were used for gardens in the 1800's. Some of the largest oaks are down in the Victorian section south of Forsyth park. There are a couple located in the ROW of 52nd St I believe it is. Also worth a ride out to Isle of Hope and the Coffee Bluff and White Bluff areas. If you have the time there are some good sized oaks in the older communities to the south of Sav'h like Midway, Riceboro, Eulonia, Darien and Brunswick.
by wfell
Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:44 am
 
Jump to forum
Jump to topic