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Re: Old Trees in Wyoming

Hi Jena- Welcome aboard. It's good to get someone on from Wyoming! Look forward to the results of your coring. When I was near Trinidad Col. hiking several years back I came across many old Junipers in the foot hills of the Spanish Peaks. There were tons of Pinion Pine, Cedar and Juniper. Some were so gnarly looking it was amazing. In such a harsh environment the really larger ones must have been centuries old. Send us some photos! Larry
by Larry Tucei
Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:57 am
 
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Re: Old Trees in Wyoming

Don- Wow those are some awesome old Junipers!! Way cool! Larry
by Larry Tucei
Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:30 pm
 
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Re: Old Trees in Wyoming

Jena/Larry-
Yes, welcome to the forum, and hopefully you'll continue to contribute as a member of the Western Native Tree Society (WNTS) branch of NTS!
I'm also a lover of ancient junipers and have been for some time. I'm attaching an image taken of an ancient juniper that I focused on, in an entire stand of them at the edge of the Hoover Wilderness in central eastern California (east of the Pacific Crest). The Pacific Crest is a wonderful section of the Sierra Nevadas for exposure to western juniper...they are often found at the higher elevations for much of the length of the Sierras. A second juniper image I'm attaching was captured at about 7000' near Loon Lake on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevadas, more recently in 2012.
By the way, you won't have to core many junipers to find that they have rather indistinct and thin annual rings...one of the more difficult species to age. Like most species that live long, they have cues such as gnarly weathered branching, tufted foliage, and senesced limb tips that attest to their long exposure to the climatic trends. All a part of their beauty, uniqueness!
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by Don
Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:56 pm
 
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